Brighton & Hove Albion
The defeat at Newcastle left a few wounds and a match against a previously dominant Brighton side, probably wasn't the game that most people would have wanted. However, looking back Reading were unlucky only to get a draw, with the focus being on Joey's own goal and sending off, and a "robust" Kermorgant tackle.
He's good but not quite that good.....
Better than Ozil! #BHAFC pic.twitter.com/DDVpwKBFY6— BHAFC News (@BHAFC_NEWS) August 20, 2016
They may have Knockaert......
We've got Knockaert #bhafc @AKnockaert Reading half time 'we've got Knockaert' https://t.co/77nsEVJFtE— wevegotknockaert (@AEBrownings) August 21, 2016
But he ain't gonna be on Strictly.....
Definitely my favourite video #BHAFC pic.twitter.com/0MX5pB4aYm— Victoria Berry (@VictoriaBerry6) August 20, 2016
#bhafc @BBCSussexSport @johnnycburger sounded like a poor show. Must win against teams like this if we want promotion. Hemed on earlier?— Neil Crowley (@NeilCrowley) August 20, 2016
Ah teams like Reading.....
Frustrating point after first goal and how we played last 15. Draw probably fair though, Reading decent and Swift caused us problems. #bhafc— matt bishop (@himatthewbishop) August 20, 2016
Anyone want to double check the possession stats?
We could be like liverpool 80% possession, 20 shots and still be 0-2 down. #BHAFC— Sami (@SimplyKnockaert) August 20, 2016
After the game against Brighton and a heavy schedule so far this season with pretty much the same team, saw a much changed Reading side struggle against a youthful MK Dons side. It's fair to say that Karl Robinson had made a point before the game of stating that he wasn't fielding a strong side and this competition wasn't high on his agenda, nevertheless his team do deserve credit for taking the game to Reading.
The main blot on this game was the injury to Rakels.
Given that the lack of interest amongst both the fans and the media, then the social scene was a tad quiet.
For once ticket pricing is mentioned in a positive way
Great night in Reading. That was definitely worth a fiver! Lots of changes from both teams but the way we kept going was terrific #MKDons— Dan ❤️⚽️ (@DanMKDons) August 23, 2016
Fans always like spirit
Fair play youngsters, more fight than some of the first team #mkdons #coyd— Aaron (@aaronMKDons) August 23, 2016
The future looks bright for MK Dons
Average age of 21.81 in the #MKDons team tonight.— Toby Lock (@Citizen_Toby) August 23, 2016
Kabongo!!! #MKDONS pic.twitter.com/JxNJImr2AX— Chris Read (@ChrisRead85) August 23, 2016
Two tough games led up to the weekend's game against a struggling Cardiff side, who earlier in the day announced that their captain and goalkeeper was heading to Hull. This as you can probably understand didn't sit well with the Bluebirds faithful, most of which is largely unable to be repeated on a website such as this.....
The underlying trends on the social media scene were the impending departure, the lack of crowds and shock that a certain ex-Royal was on the bench for the game!
What a difference three hours makes....
2pm - Bid accepted to sell your captain & best player— Mark Poyser (@MAPoyser) August 27, 2016
5pm - lose 1-0 to Reading in the 89th minute
Awful day for #CardiffCity
Sure we had this song last time out!
All aboard the relegation fight bus. Long season ahead. #bluebirds pic.twitter.com/ZxdeclZY4g— bethan (@bethphill_) August 27, 2016
Someone's not happy....
Absolute Trollope. #CardiffCity— Marc Chinnick (@mcl_89) August 27, 2016
and we moan about the crowds at Reading....
Packed em in at Cardiff today. Was it come dressed as a seat day? #CCFC— Alan Pickard (@Alanpickard20) August 27, 2016
Love for Alf!
Also, giving Le Fondre another chance is well overdue. #CCFC— Ian Evans (@zoidberg99) August 27, 2016
Reading seem to be clicking. Stam has called for the fans to be patient with his style and as fans we have to trust in his methods. Some of the booing and comments from the MK Dons game were a little harsh, and the possession style that we have now embraced will take time to get right. Leading up to the international break we have had some hard games and taking the Wolves game out of it, which was a poor performance, we have at times played some excellent football.
There has been a lot of football played in a short period of time and whilst not always the high tempo going forward play everyone likes to see, there is a case that this is a work in progress. Most games we have had control over possession and position, once we figure out the best line up and the players get to know each over, then this will only increase our chances of three points.
Right we all get a breather now for an international break and I will be back after the Ipswich game. Until then – c'mon urzzzzz!