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Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 Reading FC: Initial Reaction

It was festive frustration for Reading at Wolves as the ghost of Reading past in James Henry got the winner for the home side. Here's our initial reaction with a full report to follow.

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Reading: Bond, Quinn (Sa), Hector, McShane, Gunter, McCleary (Taylor), Norwood, Williams, Blackman, Robson-Kanu, Vydra (John)

Brian McDermott opted for an unchanged starting XI at Molinuex, although there was a return to the subs bench for Andrew Taylor, with Stephen Quinn keeping his place at left-back.

After a steady start Reading should have earned a penalty when Dominic Iorfa handled inside the box, while both Matej Vydra and Garath McCleary could have done better when through on goal.

Sure enough we were made to suffer for those misses when another Reading reject in James Henry got in front of Nick Blackman and on to the end of a free-kick just in front of the by-line to gives Wolves the lead.

The goal took the wind out of our sails and the home side had a couple of chances to stretch the lead out, including a late ditch tackle from Quinn that was perhaps lucky to avoid being given as a penalty plus a calamitous bit of defending between Jonathan Bond & Paul McShane that almost ended in an awful own goal.

Reading ended the first-half the stronger and started the second period in the same vein when Olly Norwood thrashed an effort from distance that dinged the post. Further pressure followed, especially when Ola John was introduced but once again we lacked the quality and touch of luck needed to break down an increasingly stubborn Wolves defence.

There was no way that we deserved to lose this one but once again it showed how costly a momentary switch off can be in this division. More to the point, it's shown how we're still not fully clicking around the penalty area and our strikers need to step up and add to a goal tally that's been sorely lacking in recent weeks.

Frustration is the overriding emotion tonight but at the very least we've once again shown that there's quality in the side and when it does click, could once again be capable of going on a good run.

Becka will be along with a full report & player ratings within the next 24  hours or so, so stay tuned for those.