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Royals News Bites - 14th November

A summary of the main press stories in the lead up to the international break

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McCleary and Cummings return - Reading Official Site
Shaun Cummings, out since the early part of the season with a knee injury, and Garath McCleary, sidelined since the end of last season with a back problem, both played 45 minutes in a behind-closed-doors training match against Oxford United on Wednesday. 

Jamie Mackie's thoughts on the international break - Reading Official Site 
Jamie Mackie says the amount of international breaks so far this season has been "frustrating". Losing at home to Charlton and then having to wait two weeks for the next match is something Mackie finds annoying, but he says the benefit is that we have an extended period to work on things, become better, and hopefully work on how to blood some consistency into our results. 

Half season tickets on Sale - Reading Official Site
For those looking to witness a late surge into the playoffs or plunge into the relegation scrap, half season tickets are now on sale.

Pog isn't just in it for the money - Reading Post
It's not secret that Pavel Pogrebnyak is on big money at Reading, reportedly in the region of £65,000 a week, and in a recent interview in Russian newspaper, Pog answered a question about looking for a new club with "There are important financial considerations...I have, shall we say, not low wages, and not all clubs are willing to pay that kind of money." This led many Reading fans to question Pog's commitment to actually wanting to play for Reading or just being interested in his pay cheque. However, Nigel Adkins was quick to support him, saying he would be the first critic of someone if they aren't "working hard", but Pog is and his attitude is still "spot on" as he knows he has to "bide his time and wait for his opportunity".

Gunter on McCleary, playing left-back, Wales's game with Belgium and Reading's lack of consistency - Reading Official Site
Although he's played left back in the last couple of games, Chris Gunter is relishing the possibility of playing behind winger Garath McCleary again. Both have the ability to play either side, and Gunter says the impressive existing in-play relationship between McCleary and himself can still be built on. Gunter also says he is happy playing at left back, instead of his natural right back position. He said he played his first 10 games for Wales at left back and his first few appearances for Spurs were in this position, so he is happy adapting to this. He also discusses Wales's upcoming European Championship qualifier against Belgium. He says the Welsh team are full of confidence going into the game, having already picked up 7 points and the enthusiasm is high. Thinking back to the situation at Reading, he says the lack of momentum is disappointing, and the team quickly need to realise what they must do to play well and follow it up. 

Kelly on our sleepy defence - Reading Chronicle
Stephen Kelly says losing to Charlton the way we did was deeply disappointing. He says they hadn't created any chances and then scored from "a simple ball into the box". He says crosses like that have been "costing us over the last couple of weeks" and we have to cut them out. The full-back adds that what makes it worse is that we played quite well but just couldn't "unlock" their defence, lacking quality in the final third. The manner of the defeat, he says, will make the international break and then two tough away games at Cardiff and Norwich even worse, but on a personal level he is pleased to be back in the side after having a frustrating spell out. 

Youth player scores for America u20s - Reading Official Site
Andrija Novakovich scored in the USA U20s 4-3 victory over Russia on Tuesday evening. Russia exerted a lot of pressure on the American side, which the young forward said they had to absorb to stay in the game before finding a way to win. 

1993/1994 title winning team reunion - Reading Post

Tickets for this reunion dinner are now on sale for £50, covering a three course meal and half a bottle of wine. Keith McPherson, Ady Williams and Dylan Kerr are three players that will be there, and former Premier League and World Cup referee Dermot Gallagher is one of the speakers.

Murty's big 4 0 - Reading Official Site
A collection of twitter tributes for our record winning captain on his 40th Birthday.

Murty's Reading spell in photos - Reading Post
A gallery of photos highlighting Murty's legendary time in a Reading shirt. 

Coops in the community - Reading Official Site
Jake Cooper visited Southfield School in Wokingham after being invited by the coach of his old Sunday league team, California FC, who is now a teacher at the school. Cooper was described as "level-headed and "a lot of the staff could not believe he was only 19". He watched a group of boys play football and then took part in a Q&A session, stressing the importance of "commitment, motivation and living a disciplined lifestyle" for bringing success.