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2015/16 Analysis & Opinion

Views on various Reading FC subjects during the 2015/16 season

The State Of The Reading Nation - Christmas 2015

A very merry Christmas & happy holidays to all of our readers & podcast listeners. To mark the day, Wimb looks at the state of Reading Football Club in 2015.

Further Reading: Reading 1-0 Blackburn

Our Stats Desk look at the strengths and weaknesses of the current squad and find Sunday's win followed a trend for this season.

Further Reading: Hull (A)

Not so long ago in a county pretty far away, Reading fought hard but couldn't bring any points back to Berkshire. Here we'll look a little deeper into the 2-1 defeat.

Brian McDermott: Magic Move Or Mega Mistake?

Brian McDermott's return as Reading manager is one that's caused plenty of debate among the fanbase - here Wimb & Jonny make the case for and against the appointment.

Clarke vs Adkins: Who Did The Better Job?

Olly looks at the time Steve Clarke spent at Reading FC and compares it with his predecessor Nigel Adkins.

Reading's Next Manager - Does Personality Matter?

As Reading search for Steve Clarke's successor, Wimb asks how much personality should factor into the new appointment.

OPINION: Is It Time To Look At The Bigger Picture?

We love a rant at The Tilehurst End so were happy for @WilliamOwain to let rip into the players and the club's transfer strategy.

Clarke: The Case For Backing & Sacking

With just one win in seven for Reading, a Tilehurst End poll has over 50% of Royals fans wanting manager Steve Clarke out of the club, so should our Thai owners make that change?

Lucas Piazon: The New Marek Matejovsky?

The Brazilian is frustrating but clearly talented. Is he misunderstood?

Further Reading: Reading 2-1 Bolton

Reading returned to winning ways with a scrappy 2-1 win over Bolton Wanderers at the Madejski Stadium on Saturday, but what more can we take from the game?

Why Clarke Doesn't Deserve To Be Hated

In less than 24 hours Steve Clarke has become compromised in the eyes of many fans. Will explains why he thinks he doesn't deserve the vitriol coming his way.

The Tilehurst End Round Table - November: Part Two

Part two of our round table looks at Resding's disappointments, transfers & the rest of the Championship.

The Tilehurst End Round Table - November: Part One

So with a third of the season gone what have we learned about Reading's prospects this season? We asked our editorial team for their views.

The Curious Case Of Garath McCleary

One of our best players not that long ago, McCleary is now the forgotten man. Could Steve Clarke do well to give the Jamaica international some regular starts?

OPINION: Reading Expectations v Reality

While Reading fans are searching for answers following a five-game winless run has the most obvious explanation been in front of us all along?

Clarke Already Significant Championship Survivor

He's not even blown out the candle on his one-year anniversary cake and already Reading boss Steve Clarke is nudging towards the top half of the Championship's longest serving bosses.

Further Reading: Reading 2-2 Huddersfield

Reading's recent disappointing form saw them drop points on Tuesday night, but what went wrong on the day? Bucks explores the shortcomings in Reading's performance.

Are Reading Becoming A One Man Team?

Nick Blackman is in superb goalscoring form, but are Reading relying on him too much?

Further Reading: Reading 1-1 Brighton

Reading took a good point off league leaders Brighton at the Madejski on Saturday, courtesy of a Matej Vydra equaliser. But what more can be taken from the game?

Who Should Replace Crocked Quinn?

Stephen Quinn was one of Reading's ever presents but an untimely injury took him out of the picture. With the Royals missing him in the team, who should replace him?

Ferdinand or Hector? The Debate

As Reading look to recover from a defensive nightmare against Fulham, we look at who should partner Reading captain Paul McShane at the heart of the defence.

Two Goal Collapses: How Do Reading Bounce Back?

Fulham's devastating second half performance dismantled a Reading side that had looked so solid. So how have The Royals bounced back from previous collapses?

Further Reading: Fulham 4-2 Reading

Reading had a comfortable 50 minutes on Saturday, but then collapsed. Here's Bucks Royal's post mortem from a surprise horror show at Craven Cottage.

Further Reading: Rotherham United 1-1 Reading FC

After a 1-1 draw at the New York Stadium, Olly delves deeper into the key findings from Tuesday night.

Summer Departures: How Are They Doing Now?

With Reading flying in the league thanks to new signings, we thought we'd take a look back at the string of players whose contracts came to an end last July.

Contracts 2016: Stick Or Twist?

With Nick Blackman talking recently about wanting to renew his contract, we thought that it was time to take a broader look at the contracts situation coming up next summer.

Further Reading: Reading 2-0 Middlesbrough

Reading sealed an impressive win at the weekend. But what more can be taken from the game? Bucks Royal provides us with some further reading.

They Call Us The Royals & We Shouldn't Be Ashamed

Sasima's Reading FC song has gone viral and drawn plenty of vitriol from the multitudes, but it's not that big a deal.

The Power Of Negative Thinking

Arlen Pettitt delves into the morality and positivity of a negative viewpoint. It's deep, man.

Blackman v2.0 - When Should Fans Eat Humble Pie?

In a pre-season debate, 56% of fans felt Nick Blackman had no future at the club. Now he's got eight goals, so is it time for the doubters to eat humble pie?

Further Reading: Burnley 1-2 Reading FC

Steve Clarke's side ran out 1-2 winners at Turf Moor on Saturday, with Nick Blackman and Lucas Piazon sealing the points. But what do the stats tell us about the victory? He's some further analysis of the game from Bucks Royal.

Out Of The Ashes: Reading FC's Away Form

After The Royals' straightforward away victory against Bristol City, Euan gives us his thoughts on the away form of the men who play at the Madejski Stadium.