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Royals News Bites - 6th March

Here's our summary of the main press stories this week, with news from the Bolton win, #StewardGate and build-up to the Bradford game.

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Clarke says character earned us the draw - Reading Official Site

Steve Clarke says the players showed 'character, determination and belief' to keep 'trying to the end'. He picked Norwood and Chalobah in midfield as he wanted a passing game, with a 'drive to get forward up the pitch'. We created some 'good moments' in the first half but didn't have a 'finishing touch'. He says Bolton's goal 'came out of nowhere' and Mackie's equaliser was 'a massive goal for us' .

Reading Post's analysis of the Bolton game - Get Reading

In the first half, the Reading Post reports that we moved the ball well and used the full width of the pitch, but as usual had no 'end product'. They designate Jamie Mackie as the 'main man', saying he missed a couple of chances but never gave up, with his work rate troubling the Bolton defence. Grabbing a point puts us 10 points clear of the drop-zone, and leaves the players in a 'buoyant mood' going into the FA cup quarter final on Saturday.

Mackie's odd goal celebration... - Get Reading

Jamie Mackie says scoring a goal is an 'amazing feeling', so he doesn't just do a 'moody celebration'. He says the one he chose on Tuesday night was meant to be a velociraptor dinosaur, as his mates at school used to say he looked like one because of his great long legs and strange shaped body. Mackie says he gets some stick from his teammates for his celebrations, but it gets some 'camaraderie' going.

Fans ejected from East stand against Forest get a full apology from club - Reading Official Site

Ray Booth, Stadium Manager, and Jackie Evans, HR & Customer Service Manager/ Supporter Liaison Officer, reviewed the events during the first half in Y19 and concluded that although foul language was used, this was not of the kind that would normally cause fans to be ejected. The two club representatives met with the supporters that were removed and apologised, and the club hope that 'Saturday’s course of events act as a catalyst for more noise at Madejski Stadium', as they want to lift the atmosphere.

"Over-exuberant" language was all it was - BBC

At a meeting with the club and the removed supporters, The Supporters Trust at Reading says the language used by ejected fans was 'over-exuberant', and caused issues as he was sitting closer to families. The trust said this sort of language would have been more acceptable in other parts of the ground and the supporter was just trying to 'gee the crowd up'.

FA Cup flashback - Reading Official Site

In the build-up to Reading's hotly anticipated FA cup quarter final with Bradford on Saturday, the Official Site looks back to the first time the Royals ever qualified for the first round proper, in 1983, where they heroically beat Swindon 2-0 away in the last qualifying round. The players were carried by supporters from Reading Station through the streets of the town on their return. Medals were issued by the club to the squad who played that day, and photos are displayed in this story.

Pearce and QPR striker Charlie Austin team up and become ambassadors for new football academy - Reading Chronicle

Alex Pearce and Charlie Austin have become ambassadors for the Hungerford Town football academy. This will work alongside Park House School, where students will study for the BTEC Level 3 extended diploma in sport, or for a limited number of exceptional students, A levels. Alex Pearce stresses how his coaches said he must also get some decent education in case football didn't work out and see this as a way to give young footballers the same opportunity. Charlie Austin began his career at non-league Hungerford Town. It is hoped the scheme will provide a springboard for young players making the step into non-league football and beyond.

Steve Clarke's Bradford pre-match press conference - Reading Official Site

Steve Clarke says he late goal against Bradford felt like a winner and brought 'belief' back to the dressing room. He says Bradford are determined and have some 'terrific little footballs who play on a difficult pitch' and 'we have to match that'. He adds that the shaky pitch at Bradford isn't an issue, and we have created a lot of good chances recently, and sooner or later those chances will turn to goals. Turning his attention to the 4,300 travelling Reading fans, he thanks them for the commitment despite the early kick off time and wants to play football that we will enjoy.