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Media Wrap - Wolverhampton Wanderers v Reading FC and Reading FC v Leeds United

Two for the price of one this week. It's a tale of two games, a resounding win at Wolves followed up with a disappointing defeat to Leeds, that one a little "after the Lord Mayors parade"

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So starting with the Wolves game, I don't think many people went their optimistically looking for a win - but we got one and a good one.

Going to start with ESPN FC this week, with what I think is a little unkind headline "Reading win at last on the Road", think they may have got the Hoops mixed up with this one and they go on to comment how Williams was outstanding (bear with me this will be a theme of the Wolves reports) and how Federici made a couple of good saves. Also, they mention that the margin should have been greater.

Skysports have a very similar piece on this game and also have the video highlights of it. The BBC actually give us praise this week, saying we worked hard to get the win with Williams again being praised and this time described as "clinical".

A different angle from the game was Nigerian website SL10, who asked why the Yak wasn't used with Clarke explaining his thinking behind bringing The Yak's Nigerian compatriot Hope Akpan on for Simon Cox. I think the "Clarke snubs Yakubu" headline is a little extreme though.

It's good to see that we are getting a little foreign press with another Nigerian outlet "The nation" giving us a match report as well and also saying that Akpan returned to first team action to help Reading see out the game.

Sportsmoles report goes on to say how Wolves "succumbed" to a Reading defeat, and also mentions Chalobah's acrobatic clearance.

Comparing the two local News outlets, the Birmingham Mail are a little critical of Wolves saying that they "never looked like levelling" at the end and that we caught Wolves cold. Contrasting that with GetReading's report who purr about an excellent Williams and that we fully deserved the 3 points.

Carrying on the theme from two camps the Reading FC website they call it a "formidable" display and we where well worthy of the win, contrasting that with the Wolves online report who say it was  "disappointing" display and Wolves where "off colour"

Rounding up the other reports, the Express & Star say that they failed to create enough chances and the readers comments are lengthy and a lot of grumbling Wolves fans, Football365 carries Sky's report and the Guardian carried little apart from the stats.


And that then brings us up to the Leeds game, a night to forget and I am officially calling this a "blip." The media however had this to say; with the Yorkshire Evening Post headlining "Regal Leeds dig out a right Royal win" as a play on words goes, that's impressive and they are gushing with praise for Leeds. Comparing that to GetReading's write up, who rightly go to town with the headline of "Woeful Reading" and say that we where "poor" throughout and you get the gist.

SkySports take a slightly different view on the game saying that Reading looked the more likely to score but had zero penetration and the first goal was against the run of play. Contrast that to the BBC report who say that we struggled to create any clear chances.

The Daily Mail win the award for the most annoying use of a video graphic and sound this week with the most complex way of showing the stats. The write up, however, is not bad and they have lots of action pictures on the site.

ESPN FC and TeamTalk both carry Sky's report and an interesting one from presumably a Leeds fan-site "the Scratching Shed" call it a "comfortable and competent" display in which we rarely troubled the visitors.

Once again looking at the two teams own websites, the Reading report is a little flat labelling the game as "untidy" whilst the Leeds United website believe that they where "too strong" and good value for three points.

Elsewhere Sportsmole give us a minimal report calling us "lacklustre" and Sportinglife have the Sky report as well as a few stats and an interview with Neil Redfearn.

Don't scroll to fast or you will miss the 12 words we get on the Daily Star Roundup and the Daily Express carries the exact same words!

Finally we have InsideFutbol who carry an interview with Neil Redfearn praising his team.

All in all it is a tale of two ends of the spectrum, a superb hard win at Wolves followed up by a disappointing result against Leeds. Derby at the weekend in the Cup and hopefully we get back to winning ways and a good cup run!