After Tuesday’s remarkable game against Huddersfield, Reading met another Yorkshire side in Sheffield Wednesday. Earlier in the season a Jonathan Bond howler gave the Owls a draw at Hillsborough and since then the Owls have been in decent form cementing a place in the top 6.
As usual Reading started at a snail's pace and Sheffield took advantage by hitting the post then Hooper scoring after 10 minutes. Vydra missed a penalty on 20 and from then it seemed that the Royals dominated possession. The introduction of Kermogant and then John swung the game Reading’s way with many fans questioning the decision to play Williams on the right (however do read the excellent piece by @WilliamOwain on this subject), in the first place.
A goal from a corner by Cooper (yes really after 187 corners!) and a poor miss from the debut boy Kermogant and that was the game. The Owls fans seemed to breath a sigh of relief to escape the Mad Stad with a point and the main topics post game have been the Owls' poor record at Reading, the penalty, and #Badgegate – yep they changed their club crest and the fallout... wow.
So, let's take a look at the social and media versions of the game.
A point's a point
We got battered today #swfc— Michael Wharam (@Intergon) January 23, 2016
By sounds of it we've rode our luck today! Could be a valuable point! And a 1-1 draw at reading is a decent result! On to the next one #swfc— Jonathan Morgan (@Jonny_swfc) January 23, 2016
Does anyone have a divine right?
8 points missed away at teams we should be beating (Reading, MK & Charlton). We'd be third just 2 points off top. #swfc #WAWAW #frustrating— Andy Cater (@andy_cater) January 23, 2016
And a little perspective
A point is a point on a ground where we've lost more than anything else. Onwards and upwards. #swfc— Jonathan Adam (@Still_Alive_42) January 23, 2016
Now I always thought keepers were meant to stay on the line
#readingfc keeper well off his line pic.twitter.com/DWs0PNeFqs— Liam (@L14M___) January 23, 2016
In the last 3 games against Reading they've missed a penalty. Lucky #swfc— Paddy Kenworthy (@krabbypatty1867) January 23, 2016
Maybe being a little presumptuous
Hotel booked just in case #playoffs #swfc pic.twitter.com/M7QSwZezJW— Stephen Webster (@S43OWLS) January 24, 2016
The inspiration behind #swfc new crest. pic.twitter.com/tsh2Dz4G7E— Claire (@LilMissRedDog) January 24, 2016
I have nothing, just nothing.......
Guess who’s back (back back) Back again (gen gen) Westwoods back (back back) In the Net #SlimLordy #InIt #DownWithTheKids #swfc— Lord Hillsborough (@L0RD_H) January 23, 2016
Starting this week with the local news outlets and the Sheffield Star run with Carvalhal’s love of rock and roll, then comparing the game to Cowboys and Indians. I'm not sure who is who and you could say that for 60 minutes it did look like the last stand at the Alamo for the Owls players (jeez I am at it now!). Surprisingly he also comments that they ran out of steam after 15 minutes...
The Yorkshire Post have Carvalhal playing down the Play Off potential of his side calling them "outsiders." Dom Howson has a video report for the Sheffield Star and reckons that the result is a good positive one for the Owls. They also have a full match report here.
Casting our net over the nationals and the BBC have a couple of pieces post game, firstly the match report where they say that we had to settle for a point, and they also have a post-match interview with McDermott. Also on the BBC is an article with McDermott frustrated with our slow starts and gifting teams head starts, questioning the Reading players' "strength".
As we are back to Championship action then the video highlights package falls back to Sky Sports who have a whopping 2 minutes 49 of action for you. What it does highlight is some shocking defending for both goals. They also have a write up which you can find here, and they say that we were rewarded for our play with Cooper's goal.
ESPN FC as usual carry Sky’s report where interestingly HITC Sport seem to be trying to be taken seriously as a reporting site, running analysis on the game, and they reckon that Loovens was the best player for Sheffield Wednesday. Guys, just stop and carry on copying Sky’s reports.
Finally a quick look at Get Reading and Charles is a little critical of McDermott this week, rightly or wrongly, and has a fairly comprehensive video report, which compared to the Sheffield one is how these should be done.
Interestingly the Daily Express carry a report on the game with McDermott being interviewed about a return to the Premiership, and is actually worth a read, so maybe all hope is not lost!
As usual keep an eye out on The Tilehurst End for the latest news and updates, and we move back to the FA Cup with the visit of Walsall on Saturday.