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Royals News Bites - 5th September

With things hotting up as the first months of the season draws to a close, News Bites return to summarise the pick of the press articles in the last week.

Jan Kruger

The man who saved deadline day - Reading Official Site

For Reading fans an all too familiar sight is the lack of transfers on deadline day and, more often than not, in the window in general. Initial promise with the early signings of Anton Ferdinand, Jamie Mackie, and Simon Cox lost their gloss in the midst of the recent sales of Sean Morrison and Alex McCarthy. With only the unproven Oliver Norwood coming in in the later period of August, 11pm on Monday night was set to bring the expected disappointment and frustration for Reading fans. Then, out of nowhere, news came through that we'd signed Glenn Murray on loan, sparking some optimism amongst fans at last. Murray has performed fantastically in the Championship in his time at Palace and the reaction of their fans to his departure in terms of his overall attitude, commitment and ability suggest we have signed a player that raises the eyebrows of oppositions when they look at our team sheet. Find a summary of the best social media comments from Palace and Reading fans here. 

"We missed out", the usual from Hammond - Get Reading

The Reading Post reveal that Nicky Hammond had a Premier League defender and a striker in line to join the Royals on transfer deadline weekend before both received better offers. Hammond goes onto explain the players we did sign were down to the support of the new owners.

Top 10 transfer flops - Get Reading

An examination of the 10 worst signings Reading have made. From more recent times, Royston Drenthe, Emerse Fae and Daniel Carrico are the sorry victims to pick up this title.

Expect 1 in 2 - Reading Official Site

Throughout Glenn Murray's football league career, he has scored 0.52 goals per game, just above a goal every two games.

Murray shuts down injury criticism - Get Reading

After an anterior cruciate ligament injury forced him out of football for 9 months, many question the fitness of new signing Glenn Murray. The striker has been quick to react to such comments and insists he is "absolutely fine" and just wants to get back to playing football.

Adkins subjects players to second vigorous fitness test - Reading Official Site

After putting the players through what some described as "the hardest thing they've ever done" at a pre-season fitness test at Southampton Solent University, Adkins is taking his players for a follow up trip to check progress during the international break. Adkins also discusses how he welcomes the break from domestic football, saying it finally gives him time to work on things at training as recent weeks have be dominated by a game-recover-game-recover schedule.

Cox grateful to the supporters - Reading Official Site

With three away games at Nottingham Forest, Scunthorpe and Middlesborough in a week, Simon Cox thanks the supporters for all the miles on the motorway and hopes the three points at Middlesborough were a good reward. He always dubs the defensive display we put in at Middlesborough as one of the best he has seen.

Pearce scores for Ireland - Get Reading

Alex's Pearce netted his second international goal against Oman on Wednesday, making it 2 goals in 4 appearances for Pearce in Ireland colours. 

Norwood on our team spirit - Reading Official Site

New signing Oliver Norwood says the team spirit and the boys desperately want to win for each other, allowing them to cling onto their 1-0 lead at Middlesborough. 

Madejski iced and nominates Jem - Reading Official Site

John Madejski took part in the ALS ice bucket challenge at the hands of Danny Williams and Adam Federici after a nomination from the Vice Chancellor of the University of Reading. Madejski then nominated club captain Jem Karacan.

Leeds after Dolan again - Reading Chronicle

After being tracked in the summer as a potential successor to Brian McDermott at Leeds, Eamonn Dolan is again being linked to the vacant manager's post.