After a win in Brian McDermotts first game against Blackburn, the Royals entered the Christmas programme with two games, firstly away at Wolves and home against Brentford. An optimistic person mayhave expected at least three points from one of these games, however a fruitless siege that resembled the Alamo at Wolves was followed again with another reversal to leave Reading without a point.
So without further ado, let’s see how the fans and the media outlets reacted to both of our festive fixtures.
Boxing Day – Wolves away
Kenny Jackett seems to be a man under pressure at Molineux and much of the fans reaction was incredulous in that they won and the fact that they aren’t playing well.
#wwfc The worst half of football from a Wolves side I've witnessed in many a while #jackettout Very poor indeed. A change is definitely reqd— Nigel Pritchard (@Wolfster45) December 26, 2015
I genuinely believe that win has saved KJ job. Relieved as it was needed but the score papers over the cracks & delays the inevitable. #wwfc— Ryan Leister (@MrRyanLeister) December 26, 2015
Many Royals fans are asking the same question….
How did we win that game? Very poor as a team again it's great to get a win but can't say we deserved it #wwfc— Mrs S (@shellwwfcsankey) December 26, 2015
Does anybody seriously know how we beat @ReadingFC? I'll take the 3 points mind! #WWFC #RFC— Tight Wad Bill (@BillyHewittx) December 27, 2015
Defence wins games…..
How on earth are we winning this? Defensively all over the place again - no cohesion between the back 4! #wolves— Martin White (@footballcoachMK) December 26, 2015
You make your own luck……….
#wolves thought we got a little lucky, but 3 very welcome points,onto #cafc— paul nicholls (@StPaul197173) December 26, 2015
I have no idea how we won that. Crazy game sometimes football is.... #Wolves— Epic_Wolf (@Epic_Wolf) December 26, 2015
We'll start with SkySports as due to the game being on TV who give us nearly four minutes of highlights to torture us with.
The BBC call our performance "sustained pressure" and when you look at the stats at the bottom of the page it's hard to disagree.
ESPN FC as usual carry Sky’s report as do Sporting Life, HITC do a little round up of the tweets from the players and TalkSport play more on our miserable run on the road, but do say that the Wolves goal led a charmed life.
Looking at the local outlets then the Wolves Express and Star give a fair write up of the game, wondering how they actually won it! Charles over at GetReading takes a philosophical look at the game, pointing towards some slack defending by Blackman for the goal and questions Vydra’s state of mind, and the decisions that McDermott must make in January.
28th - Brentford FC Home
Only one place to start – reaction to "that" goal.
and a decent effort from @sergicanos too :) #brentfordfc https://t.co/2HMLtmyb03— matthew benham (@matthew_benham) December 28, 2015
And another view of it…..
And here's Sergi Canos' incredible strike for #Brentfordfc https://t.co/hOkJqcd2HB— Essential Brentford (@BrentEssential) December 28, 2015
Goal of the month?
Apparently @BrentfordFC are now making their December goal of the month a run-off between Woods and Canos #ReadingFC 1 #BrentfordFC 2 ;)— Tom Moore (@TomMooreJourno) December 28, 2015
A stunning strike but Bees sitting back too much. Care needed or we'll let a very ordinary Reading team back into it. 1-0 HT #BrentfordFC— Nick Bruzon (@NickBruzon) December 28, 2015
Judge came up the stand to check on the kid who got hit with the ball after he blasted it. Gave the kid his shirt. Nice touch. #brentfordfc— Phil s (@flatfootphil) December 28, 2015
Half time viewpoint…..
Enjoyable stuff at the Madjeski. #brentfordfc under the cosh for a lot of it but a superb strike from Woods gave them the lead at ht.— Wildcat (@M0djadji) December 28, 2015
The names Bond, Jonathan Bond…. (Been waiting for this all season!)
Here's the Last Word.Two stunning goals leave Reading's Bond shaken & stirred. https://t.co/dHR58ROPJO #BrentfordFC pic.twitter.com/RdQBVh9HXj— Nick Bruzon (@NickBruzon) December 29, 2015
We can all dream of Septembers form…..
Looking where we was in the table and how we were playing in September compared to now shows big improvements #brentfordfc— danni whittart (@boowhit5) December 28, 2015
Once again it was a slow news day on the Reading FC front, even though the game had three superb goals in it. However looking at the reports that did come in, the BBC call it an absorbing contest and reckon that Reading had a chance of an equaliser, until Hectors second yellow for diving, to back up his first for dissent. That’s probably the worst way to receive two yellow cards.
Over at Skysports then we have the usual highlights package as they reckon that all three goals oozed class.
ESPN FC & Clubcall as usual carry the Sky report, but both have good stats packages should you wish to analyse the finer details of the game. The shots/on target totals do point to us giving it a good go, with the total of the two games over Xmas being 38 shots but just seven on target. That’s pretty much a must try harder grade.
Over at London24 the Bees manager Dean Smith gives us praise saying that the Royals dominated the 1st half and should have been ahead. The two "Get" sites, GetWestLondon and GetReading carry full coverage of the game with GetWestLondon saying that the Bees where on the back foot for most of the 90 and where lucky to come away with the win, whilst GetReading point to an improved performance following the Wolves game but lamenting the defensive frailties.
So that's your lot for 2015! I'll be back after the City game with another round up of the Media and Social verdicts of the game, until then have a Happy New Year and hopefully 2016 will be nicer to the Royals than 2015 was!