Back to reality with a bang on Tuesday with defeat at home to Wigan Athletic, we headed back on the road for a trip to Suffolk and a league game against the Tractor Boys. On current away form I suppose that really we should have expected a win, given that we have a fairly good record against the top half of the league, so we start with the Sportsmole who state that Ipswich were in the ascendancy before Mackie scored.
Looking at the two dominant sources for all things sport, the BBC actually praise us! Their report states that we defended "stoutly" and that although Ipswich were dominant in possession they did little with it. Skysports take a slightly different track, reporting that we survived an "onslaught" from Ipswich and that Federici was impressive.
ESPN FC and TeamTalk both carry Sky's report of the game and also they have the Sky video coverage of it. The Guardian is incredibly disappointing this week, we are reduced to ONE line! Similarly with the Daily Mail where we are only in the roundup - but get a headline billing.
Looking at the local news outlets, Coastal Scene give us a fair write up stating that we were well organised and that Ipswich couldn't get any momentum behind them. I did chuckle at the thought of Federici time wasting - I mean as if he would do that(!). Switching sides and looking at GetReading, Jonathan Low this week gets to do the report and gives a balanced view of the match. I think the really interesting thing in all these reports is the "well organised" phrase which seems to have been a running theme.
Lastly looking at the two clubs own websites, Ipswich Town's is quite bland and goes through the key facts with much commentary on the game, whereas the Reading one is positively bouncing with happiness, calling Mackie's shot a "thunderbolt" (really, I would label it daisy cutter) and that we "raided Portman Road" against the best home team in the league.
You can't blame Reading for getting a little excited and this week we have a Tuesday away game at Huddersfield, hopefully we can continue our impressive away form (but hopefully not our Tuesday form!)
This week is a little light on input from the Media World, hopefully we can pick up a few column inches this week seeing as there is a full card in the Championship - and only the Champions League to contend with!