Following on from the midweek loss to Everton, Reading travelled to Turf Moor to face what should have been the biggest test so far this season in the league. After two quick fire goals from Nick Blackman and Lucas Piazon in the opening ten minutes, Burnley pulled one back but the Royals still left Lancashire with a 2-1 victory and three points in the bag to move up to third in the table.
If you had asked most fans including myself who would be one of the leading scorers in the English leagues after 9 games, Nick Blackman's name probably wouldn’t be on the list. In fact, there is a pretty good chance if you had given the answer of Blackman at the back end of last season, most fans would have given you a pass to the local asylum to check in.
However facts are facts and it was interesting to note the comments from the Burnley FC faithful this week. It seems that our Mr Nick Blackman, amongst other Reading players, might have upset the locals a little.
So it seems the Reading team we all love has developed a cynical streak and got a bit streetwise.
@ReadingFC's players were a disgrace today. Can take defeat on the chin but gamesmanship was shocking. Terrible actors! #TwitterClarets— Andy Ramsbottom (@AndyRammy) September 26, 2015
Timewasting by #ReadingFC players I dont like but accept. When they're repeatedly feigning injury, it's cheating. #twitterclarets #burnleyfc— Mark Whittaker (@MarkWhittaker70) September 26, 2015
Nick Blackman a disgrace at full time. Fair play to @TendayiDarikwa for having a do with him #twitterclarets— Matt (@riggsybfc) September 26, 2015
Since doing this column I am pretty sure that I have seen little from opposing fans regarding this type of gamesmanship!
However there is always love for the Royals Players....
Wish Oliver Norwood played for Burnley. #twitterclarets— Iain Montgomery (@nihaoxiongmao) September 26, 2015
It's always good to get praise!
Reading- smooth, confident and assured. Clarets have adopted a frantic headless chicken approach. We've been found out today #twitterclarets— AJC (@Gingerclaret) September 26, 2015
Smooth, Confident, assured – they didn’t watch us last season then!
Following on my theme from the last couple of weeks regarding scapegoats etc, I am sure that it’s not that long since the Vokes/Ings partnership was being lauded at the Mad Stad.
Also, Darikwa and Mee were absolutely terrific today. Vokes absolutely horrendous in front of net. #twitterclarets— Amy (@amywiseman22) September 26, 2015
Another thing that that’s fun to read is the perennial Twitter mischief maker Joey Barton, who seems to have found a whole new following of fans at Burnley.
Deserved a point out of that, much better in the second half when Barton came on. Reading defended well to be fair #twitterclarets— Jordan Ingle (@jingle96) September 26, 2015
It does seem apt that Saturday was the Samaritans awareness day at Burnley, and to put a light angle on a serious subject and one that I think everyone wishes them all the best with, the following tweet did make me chuckle.
Cracking time for Samaritans awareness day at Turf Moor, they are going to be busy after this game! #twitterclarets— Andy (@happyndazed) September 26, 2015
The Media this week seem to be a little light on reports from Saturday's game. Starting with the BBC who give us a good review, highlighting "a brilliant pass from Hal Robson-Kanu".
Sky Sports as usual have their video highlight package, and mention that Burnley dominated the game, and called Lucas Piazon’s effort clinical.
Looking at the news outlets, and firstly the Guardian has us included in the Championship round-up so we get a paragraph, but the Daily Mail do us proud as always, with a full page and again reflecting the general consensus that Hal Robson Kanu’s pass to Blackman was brilliant and Piazon’s finishing is impeccable. They also make the point that this is our fourth away win on the bounce.
As per usual the other outlets generally big up Sky’s review, such as Sportinglife, and ESPN FC, however Sportsmole as usual is always worth a read.
Looking at the local papers and The Lancashire Telegraph’s write up is a bit factual saying that the Clarets had bags of possession however did nothing with it, whilst The Burnley Express show that Burnley had 67% possession in the first half!
GetReading as per the norm have bags of information, and it's interesting that their Main Man is the one and only Hal Robson-Kanu – could he potentially have turned his form corner?
This weekend sees the visit of a dominant Middlesbrough team who have had an impressive start to the season, but with the form that Reading are in, you have to go into this game with optimism. I will be back after the match with the Alternative View, and hopefully not kicking myself for being positive!