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Royals News Bites - 19th March

A summary of the main Reading FC stories in the past week or so.

Ben Hoskins

Who remembers 28th January? - Get Reading

This was the day a Reading player last scored a goal at home - Hal Robson-Kanu v Blackpool - a surprising statistic when you think we have scored 11 goals in our last 4 away matches.
Nigel Adkins isn't worried by our lack of goals at the Mad Stad though, instead focusing on the overall goals total we have managed at home this season and the quality chances we created versus Derby at the weekend, which should have been converted. What Nigel perhaps needs to remember is that high scoring flurries in a few games - 3 against Watford, 4 against Doncaster, 7 against Bolton and 5 against Blackpool - is what makes our home stats look half-decent. We average just under half a goal if you look at the rest of the home games.

But there's also lots of things to be positive about…...

Galatsaray president linked with takeover - Get Reading

Unal Aysal has been offered Reading Football Club for £20 million, sources in Turkey say. Reading have close links with Galatsaray having signed a partnership agreement with them last season. 
Uruguayan businessman Richard Iribarne is also reported to be interested, who already owns a Peruvian club called Atletico Grau.

Lots on the horizon for Reading FC - Reading Official Site

Putting aside the solid week for the first team and decent league position, the success of the u'18s and u'21s is something to feel very positive about. In the past two weeks, the u'21s have notched a 2-1 win away at Anfield and beaten Arsenal 3-1 to get to the final of the Premier League Cup. That's not all - the u'18s produced that glistening display in the FA youth cup to beat Liverpool on penalties, having been 4-2 down with minutes to play.

Adkins: Let's make it 13 - Reading Official Site

Undefeated in a few games, Nigel Adkins has called on his players to ensure we make our season stretch to 13 more games - the scheduled 10, plus 3 in the play-offs. He says we need keep our nerve, keep enjoying it and see how far the season takes us - the players just need to stay positive and believe.

Drenthe is finally part of Adkins plans - Get Reading

Having been frozen out and left stranded on the bench since January, much to many fans' annoyance, recent weeks have seen some of the promise the signing of Royston Drenthe brought rise to the surface. Adkins simply says Royston has "turned a massive corner", suggesting whatever the gaffer wasn't happy with him for, he is finally putting right. Adkins highlights his improved fitness as the main factor, but on careful listening to the original interview with BBC Berkshire after the game on Saturday, Adkins was about to say his "attitude" has changed too, but thought better of it mid-sentence. In an earlier interview, Drenthe hinted that serious issues were stopping him from playing, but didn't want to discuss it. He was also keen to thank the fans for sticking by him. Whatever has changed it's good to see the ability of Drenthe shining through at long last.

Majestic McCleary - Reading Official Site

Nigel Adkins stresses the importance of Garath McCleary, using the handful of chances he made for team at the weekend as the perfect example of this. Adkins implies his "turn of pace" and "raiding" down the right side is key to our success. The winger is our leads out assist chart this season, so deserves this praise from his manager. 

Morro gets some game time - Reading Official Site
Sean Morrison played an hour against Oxford United in a friendly on Tuesday and helped earn the side a clean sheet. It was the first time the defender has played since early November.