Adam Federici admits that the last 6 months have been very hard for him sitting on the bench, especially with Australian no.1 Goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer retiring. He says he is not a no.2 goalkeeper, and not even getting 10 minutes here and then as outfield substitutes do is making it hard for him in his bid to be Australia’s world cup goalkeeper. However, he says him and Alex McCarthy are good friends, and both are supportive of each other in the situation at Reading. He finishes by adding his thoughts on the new ‘vibe’ and style of play of this squad compared to the rest he has worked with during his decade as a Reading player.
Jack Hobbs has spent the first half of this season on loan at Nottingham Forest, but parent club Hull accepted a bid from us on Friday in the region of £600,000. Forest manager Billy Davies is outraged that Reading have hijacked his move for the centre-back – he thought Forest had first refusal on a permanent deal, and says they signed him on loan on the basis they could have him at the end of the season when his contract expires. Hull therefore want him to come to Reading so they get some money, but Hobbs' strong wish to remain in Nottingham weighs against the Royals
On Thursday, Nigel Adkins said he would not be able to bring in players in the January transfer window unless the club secured new investment. The fact that a substantial bid was then made for Jack Hobbs on Friday suggests a take over is about to happen.
Gorkss dubbed our performance at Watford on Saturday the best since he has been in the team. He also says hearing the away fans throughout the game was how the team held out for a win – he believes it is the "togetherness” of the players and fans that brings results.
The Pog won 17 aerial battles with Watford on Saturday, the best of any player in the Championship this season. These efforts from the front, along with Alfie’s tireless running, help us defend from the front and “grind out results”.
Overcoming our recent slump in form is something Nigel Adkins describes as a challenge he enjoyed working through. He now believes positivity and the quality of our squad, with more players to come back from injury will put us in a good position.
Having made his first league start in midfield against Derby, playing a handful of games out of the wing, and then excelling in a left back role against Watford on Saturday, Jordan Obita has explained he doesn’t care where he plays because it is all about the success of the team.