I’ve used this before but I will again - as the song goes: Tuesday, Bloody Tuesday. Reading seem to have a hoodoo on themselves in playing on a Tuesday. Well, at the moment, it's on playing any game at all.
Another away trip, another defeat. After Friday's game against Palace Reading hoped to bounce back with a performance at Brighton but it was not to be. The Brighton fans seemed moderately quiet on Twitter, however their comments revolved around our kit (shock), Reading "diving", ticket pricing and attendance, as well as getting rather annoyed at Sky with the times of their games!
Lack of away fans?
And we get the reason why
£30 on a Tuesday night is ridiculous but what is even more ridiculous is Reading bringing 299 #bhafc— George (@George_Carden) March 15, 2016
We don’t dive do we...
Never seen so many unnecessary free kicks in one half but still #BHAFC hang on for 3 pts despite ref's best efforts and Reading's diving— steve trueman (@shorehamcalling) March 15, 2016
The one thing that fans love is commitment
Maybe not one of our better performances, but the work rate, desire and tenacity of every #bhafc player was inspirational tonight.— TheMrGrumpy (@TheMrGrumpy) March 15, 2016
3pm kickoff, my kingdom for a 3pm kickoff
February 13 was and will be the last time we had a Saturday 3pm kick off at home this season.. Who cares about tradition anyway? #bhafc— Radd Reynolds (@RaddReynolds) March 16, 2016
Back to the kit
Palace ain’t gonna like this..why not have a dig....
Well the Daily Mail haven’t let us down and they have a good report on the game. They reckon we looked good for 15 minutes and that our last clean sheet away from the Mad Stad was 7 months ago. Also that we have nothing to play for.
A rare mention from the ITV site makes a point that this is Brighton’s first win over us in 12 attempts, whilst over at Sky there’s the usual highlights package, although it's only 1m59 this week, and they reckon we huffed and puffed but didn’t actually do much. Down at the BBC and they reckon that chances for both teams were slim pickings and that we didn't take the chances that we got offered. There's also the interview with McDermott which is actually longer than the highlights!
Eurosport pick up Sky’s report whilst over at the Daily Star they have a different angle, saying that it was a tense, nervy affair and by the end of the game Reading looked like they were the side chasing promotion (perspective eh!). The Guardian and BT Sport both have limited write-ups for us, the former reckoning that Reading gave Brighton an early scare then Brighton held on to secure the win, whereas BT copy the comment about this being the Seagulls' first win over us in 12.
The local papers have interesting takes on the game, The Argus have an interview with Hughton saying how delighted he was with his forward line, whereas the Brighton and Hove Independent reckon that our poor set pieces were a contributing factor to Reading’s loss.
Over at GetReading and Jonathan Low this week seems to be a bit more positive saying it wasn't overall a bad performance, and one which was much better than the Palace game. However, with McDermott keeping the squad in the dressing room for a 45 minute "talk", it’s fairly obvious that he doesn’t share Jonathan's take on the match.
And that pretty much wraps it up - there's not a lot else we can say! It's on to Cardiff this weekend and hopefully a much needed three points. Onwards and upwards as the phrase goes!