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Hunty’s Column: My Reading FC Team Of The 2010s

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Our man picks his best XI from the last eight years.

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Firstly apologies for the lack of a column recently, I’m suffering from writers block. But Hunty is back all right, not half pop pickers.

I really enjoyed being part of Club 1871 for the Bolton game. It was a great experience and fans should get involved. Yes it went quiet after the Bolton goal, but you got the feeling it wasn’t going to be our day.

It was my first live game this season and in the first half I thought we showed promise but in the second half after the goal we just seemed to run out of steam and ideas.

The players are the ones responsible for making the on the pitch for decisions, and these are largely disappointing. Blackburn was another example of this, we should have won but for a couple of bad individual decisions.

The Villa game was going same way....but the draw just might be the spark we needed! A last minute equaliser and hopefully first of many for Sam Baldock.

So let’s be positive we only have 40 games to go.....


Seeing as we don’t have enough to argue about at the minute I thought I’d stir the pot a bit more!

In the coming weeks I will be picking my Royals team of the decades, starting in reverse order - the 2010’s!

Batten down the hatches Hunty here we go.....

GK: Adam Federici - His consistency helped us get promoted to the dreamland with a number of clean sheets. His player of the season performances prevented relegation from the Championship.

RB: Chris Gunter - For a bloke to remain consistently fit (until this season of course) is a remarkable performance. A Welsh cap record holder and a guy with a genuine love and passion for the club.

CB: Liam Moore - Forget the transfer request, this guy should be and will be playing at a higher level in years to come. Calm and assured with a mature attitude years beyond his age.

CB: Alex Pearce - Part of the promotion team. May not be the most naturally gifted player, but is a local lad who was passionate about playing for the Royals.

LB: Ian Harte - A proper left footer. Yes he played for us in the twilight of his career, but worth his place for some of those set pieces alone.

RM: Jobi McAnuff - Captain Fantastic. A calm and reassuring leader, totally under rated in his time for the Royals. He was the glue that pulled it all together.

CM: Mikele Leigertwood - Much the same reasons as Jobi. If you can’t pick a guy for scoring the goal that got us promoted to the Premier League when can you?

CM: Gylfi Sigurdsson - A wonderfully talented player from the Eamonn Dolan academy. We knew he wasn't going to stay long, but what a precious talent he was, so cool, calm and collected for a young player.

LM: Jimmy Kebe - The sock-pulling-up speedy entertainer, who on his day was a real handful. A real exciting player to watch and worth a gamble now apparently, if you get the pun.

ST: Yann Kermorgant - It was a choice between my man love for this guy or Shane Long, but Yann’s goals got us to the play-off final and he was a real gentleman. However if Shane wants to come back this season and prove me wrong, I’d be more than happy to pick him.

ST: Adam le Fondre - The second of our French strike force! Just a natural goalscorer a proper old fashioned poacher not seen since the days of Jamie Cureton. So many important goals, can’t wait to see him do the business for my other club Sydney FC. Get watching folks it will be worth it.

So there we go I’m sure everyone will disagree but that’s what footy is all about opinions.

Be kind to each other life’s too short for hatred.

Have a good week,

Johnny Hunt