It wasn’t all bad this season. It was mostly all bad but very occasionally we could enjoy ourselves and celebrate at the final whistle. Here are our selection of the best, with your chance to vote on the 2017/18 game of the season below.
Derby 2-4 Reading - November 4th 2017
The definition of a coupon buster. The Royals went to high flying Derby with all the statistics giving reasons to back the Rams at Pride Park. However, Liam Moore popped up with an early header before Sone Aluko’s classy second. Derby collapsed even further after the break, gifting Roy Beerens a third before Mo Barrow sealed the points.
Reading 2-1 Aston Villa - August 15th 2017
Those innocent, summer days that we all lust for. One team looked like play-off shoe-ins and the other were every bit the League One team as Adi Popa induced an own goal and Barrow slammed in a second. Somehow, Villa got a goal back and almost stole a point. Five late minutes of madness, 85 minutes of superb Reading football.
Leeds United 0-1 Reading - October 14th 2017
If you want to p**s off anyone, it’s Leeds. After last year’s battle with the Yorkshire outfit, Reading went north in October with a newfound defensive solidity. With the clock ticking, Barrow slotted in a vital winner that was also such thanks to Vito Mannone’s penalty save at the death.
Bolton Wanderers 2-2 Reading - November 21st 2017
A wildcard choice for game of the season, Reading were fully in the mire when 2-0 down at Bolton and yet chalked up a point thanks to Moore’s sliding finish and a Leandro Bacuna penalty against a team who would become relegation rivals.
Reading 1-0 Queens Park Rangers - March 30 2017
Paul Clement’s first game in charge heralded a new dawn after Jaap Stam’s exit. It all began so well, Aluko launching in arguably the goal of the season early on before the hosts sat in and dug out a vital win in front of a big home crowd. As in Leeds, Mannone earned the plaudits with a crucial penalty save in stoppage time.
Reading 3-1 Nottingham Forest - October 31st 2017
Hard to separate this Tuesday night win versus a mediocre team from the very similar 3-0 beating of Barnsley, but this encounter was one in which Reading really looked the part. John Swift had a storming game and bagged a brace along with a strike of Aluko’s own.
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