Reading kicked off their 2017 pre-season campaign with a brace of victories over
fake hoops West London side Queens Park Rangers today. Playing back-to-back at Hogwood Park, the Royals triumphed first 2-1, then 5-2.
The set-up of the afternoon meant that pretty much every fit player was given the opportunity to get minutes on the pitch, including Stephen Quinn who missed much of last season.
Nonetheless, Danny Loader was today's hero, scoring a perfect hat-trick in the second game, and adding another strike to put his tally up to four. Impressively, he only signed his first ever professional deal with Reading this morning! Adrian Popa scored the other goal for Reading in that game.
Earlier on in the afternoon, Roy Beerens and Ryan East gave Reading a 2-0 lead before Conor Washington, who reportedly almost signed for the club in January 2016, halved the deficit from the penalty spot.
Line-up: first friendly
Starting XI: George Legg, Tyler Blackett, Joey van den Berg, Jake Cooper, Liam Moore, Tyler Frost, Stephen Quinn, Josh Barrett, Ryan East, Roy Beerens, Sam Smith.
Subs introduced on 70 minutes, except the first which happened at half time: Lewis Ward (HT), Teddy Howe, Ramarni Medford-Smith, Axel Andresson, Gabriel Osho, Ethan Coleman, Sandro Wieser, Cameron Green, Jordan Holsgrove, Joel Rollinson, Conor Davis.
Line-up: second friendly
Starting XI: Anssi Jaakkola, Chris Gunter, Omar Richards, Tiago Ilori, Paul McShane, Liam Kelly, George Evans, Andy Rinomhota, Adrian Popa, Pelle Clement, Danny Loader.
Subs introduced on 70 minutes, except the first which happened at half time: Jake Sheppard, Ramarni Medford-Smith, Axel Andresson, Gabriel Osho, Ethan Coleman, Sandro Wieser, Jack Nolan, Joel Rollinson, Jordan Holsgrove, Conor Davis.