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Blackburn Fan Verdict: Dadi Stands Out In Frustrating Draw

What our supporters made of the key talking points from Wednesday’s game.

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Heading into a tough away fixture Reading were looking for their first point, let alone win, of the season – and a point is what they got. After going 2-0 up in the first half with a brace from Jon Dadi Bodvarsson, the Royals were poor in the second half and gifted two penalties that Charlie Mulgrew typically put away. There were some big talking points to come out of the game and here’s how the Reading fans reacted to them...

Paul McShane

In his first two seasons at the Madejski Stadium, Paul McShane was a solid performer in the heart of the Royals’ defence, however last season his age really began to show as poor performances led to injuries and his season never really got going.

On Wednesday night it has to be said that he was at fault for both of the Blackburn goals. The first was a ridiculous, poorly timed tackle and the second – albeit with little contact – was needless and reckless. It once again raised the question whether the club captain even gets into our strongest side anymore. Here’s what you had to say about his performance...

Jon Dadi Bodvarsson

Another player stood out in the 2-2 draw against Blackburn – this time for all the right reasons. Jon Dadi Bodvarsson remains the only player to have scored for Reading in the league so far this season after a brace at Ewood Park, and he has been one of the only bright lights in a so far poor campaign – albeit only four games in.

His importance to Clement’s side so far can be summed up with the fact that without him Reading would be bottom with zero points and zero goals scored. Here’s how you reacted to another solid performance from the 26 year-old target man...

The two-goal capitulation

The big talking point, of course, is the second half performance after building such a good lead. In this league, you have to win games from those positions, it’s as simple as that – even more so when you are in and around the bottom of the table. It is something that has to be addressed by Paul Clement in the coming days.

It was almost as if the players had forgotten how to see out the game, which is forgivable considering the last time we were 2-0 up in a Championship game was on the 11th December 2017 against Cardiff (which we also drew 2-2). Here’s how Reading Twitter reacted to that poor second half...

Conclusion

Still, I believe, it will come good. Before the game, we probably would’ve been happy with a point, but we cannot lose two goal leads like that. Things need to change, I still don’t think Clement knows his best eleven and he needs to figure that out sharpish or else players will become unsettled.

Another really tough away game awaits on Saturday at Aston Villa, and we’re starting to get into must-win territory or else another relegation scrap is well and truly upon us.


Recap the rest of our post-Blackburn coverage with our content stream, and see how we rated the players here: