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Royals News Bites - 2nd April

A summary of the main press stories since the Huddersfield game.

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Adkins: Poor goals at poor times keep costing us – Reading Official Site

Nigel Adkins spoke to the press in length on Monday about our shaky home form. Despite some impressive away performances recently, Adkins insists he’d rather have the team playing at home on a pitch we are used to with the home supporters. In fact, he praised the supporters for trying to lift the players after conceding early against Huddersfield at the weekend. He also highlighted the performances of Alex McCarthy, Pavel Pogrebneyak and Michael Hector.

Hec happy in midfield – Get Reading

Many fans were surprised to see Michael Hector turn out in central midfield against Huddersfield at the weekend, as was the young defender, who says he found out just hours before kick off. However, he says he wasn’t worried about this role having played for Aberdeen against Celtic there. He says Danny Williams and Jobi McAnuff talked to him a lot to guide him through, and comments extra man Huddersfield had in midfield made it "tough".

The Italian job: Another takeover rumour – Get Reading

Reports in Italy have suggested Francesco Becchetti, head of the Becchetti Energy Group, was at Saturday's 1-1 home draw with Huddersfield and is due to hold further talks with Reading this week. That leaves the potential takeover list as:

- Unal Aysal, President of Galatasaray,

- Richard Iribarne,

-Uruguayan millionaire,

- Groups from America,

- India, and

- Oman.

FA Youth Cup semi-final first leg – Reading 2 Fulham 2 – Reading Official Site

The Reading under 18s were again impressive on Tuesday night, playing some scintillating football to take a 2 nil lead against Fulham. Fulham, with 10 players after keeper Marek Rodak was sent off, fought back to draw the game, and Reading wasted numerous chances to win the game in the second half. An exciting second leg is sure to take place on Monday.

Are we still paying McDermott? – Get Reading

Prospective new owner of Leeds, Massimo Cellino, told a Leeds radio station that that Brian McDermott is being paid £800,000 a year by Reading on top of the £700,000 Leeds pay him. Sources close to Reading deny the truth of this statement.