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Fan Verdict: Nottingham Forest 1-0 Reading

What the fanbase made of the narrow loss at the City Ground.

Reading v Crystal Palace - Pre-Season Friendly Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images

The second game of the season saw the Royals travel to one of the Championship big spenders, Nottingham Forest, and they turned in another impressive display. However, a lack of cutting edge upfront – again – meant Reading lived to rue missed chances as it was Forest who came away with all three points.

Reading are clearly a much better team than they were last year but we need to start putting chances away and turning positive performances into positive results. Here’s how the fans reacted to some of the key issues of Saturday’s game.

Tiago Ilori

A player who certainly has split opinion during his time in the blue and white hoops, but so far this season, albeit just two games, he has been nothing short of superb. For a centre back he’s certainly not the strongest or most powerful, but he is quick across the ground, reads the game brilliantly and is comfortable on the ball.

Frustrations in attack

Saturday afternoon was almost a carbon copy of the first game of the season against Derby. Reading had the better of the chances, were solid at the back for the majority of the game but just couldn’t find that end product in the final third.

Bodvarsson - once again – the main culprit as he missed two good chances in the second half, after Yakou Meite should’ve put the Royals in the lead after missing a one on one in the opening 45. One thing we do not want to become is the ‘nearly’ team, we need to start putting these chances away whilst we are on top in the game.

Another positive performance

Despite the frustrations in front of goal, it was another very good performance from Reading. For large portions of the game, we were the better team and looked solid and compact in defence, limiting one of the promotion favourites to very few clear cut chances.

As previously stated, Ilori was immense, as was McShane. Yiadom, Meyler and Barrow all did well again and the signs are there for Reading to have a good season - we just need to start finishing our chances, which will come eventually.


Another positve performance but another disappointing result, we cannot become the team that keeps saying ‘the results will come’, we need to turn good performances into good results, but personally I have full confidence that that will happen, the foundations are there to build a really good team and have a really good season.

Bolton at home next Saturday is a great opportunity to kick-start the league campaign, but all eyes will be on Tuesday night to see if we can shake off that losing feeling at home to Birmingham in the Carabao Cup. URZ