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Rotherham Fans Verdict: Huge Opportunity Missed For The Royals

Saturday afternoon was a huge chance for Reading to pull themselves away from the relegation zone, but they duly disappointed with an underwhelming performance.

This was the one. The game of our season so far, and the first of three games that will surely go a long way to defining the outcome of our season. It all started so well as a wonderful team move was expertly finished off by Ovie Ejaria midway through the first half - a goal that a team sat in 21st place in the Championship really don’t have any right to score.

Jose Gomes would’ve been having dreams of that goal on Friday night, but will also now be having nightmares about that second-half performance. Everyone knows Rotherham’s game plan and style of playing, but we invited them to do it in the second half on Saturday.

Eventually, we were punished for our poor game management, and Rotherham snatched a point late on. Although we are still in 21st and it’s still technically in our hands, Saturday was a huge two points dropped.

Here’s how the fans reacted to some of the key talking points to come out of Saturday’s game, of which there were many...

Ovie Ejaria’s goal

Let’s start off with the big positive - Ejaria’s goal. What a goal it was, and it was one for all the fans who bang on about how this kind of football won’t get us out of the relegation scrap. It will if it’s done the right way.

In the end it was all in vein as it wasn’t the winning goal it deserved to be. But, if we can begin to play like that consistently and staying calm under the high press, we will begin to see more and more goals like Ejaria’s.

The fans were certainly impressed, and quite rightly so...

Tactical mistakes from Gomes?

There isn’t a lot that Gomes has done wrong since he arrived in Berkshire, but some of his tactical decisions did raise a few eyebrows on Saturday. None more so than the decision to bring John O’Shea on and put him in centre midfield.

It was a decision that has been criticised heavily by the fans on social media. One thing I do agree with is that Modou Barrow and Callum Harriott should’ve come on much earlier, but hindsight truly is a wonderful thing.Gomes may be regretting some of his tactical decisions now as Rotherham were there for the taking if we could just step it up another level.

As I said, Gomes came under some heavy criticism after the game, wrongly or rightly...

More missed chances

We should’ve beat Rotherham, no doubt about it. Whether we deserved to or not is a different question, but with the chances we had we should’ve got the three points.

Oliveira and Barrow were the main ones guilty, missing two massive chances in the last five minutes - especially the Norwich loanee. Nelson was off the pace for the whole game, and that miss really summed up his poor afternoon.

Chances like these you need to take and need to score to stay up, it’s as simple as that. We are desperately running out of time now, and those chances may well come back to haunt us.

Yet again, this angered the fans on twitter after the game, and some were even left in disbelief...

Conclusion

A pretty depressing afternoon really, and the next two games are make or break. We have to begin winning against the teams in and around us or else we’re not going to stay up.

Get down to Ipswich in your numbers, because the players need us more than ever now.

URZ