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Hull City Fans Verdict: Game Of Two Halves On Humberside

Take a look at how the Loyal Royals reacted to some of the key talking points Saturday’s defeat to Hull City.

For the second season in a row, Reading are now still pointless after the opening 2 matches, but there were a lot of positives on show at Hull - especially in the second half.

The less said about the first half, the better. It really was a bit of a horror show from Gomes’ men, and the Portuguese has already stated that we won’t be seeing a half of football from his team like that again.

On the other hand, the second half was a glimpse of what this team could potentially do when all the new signings find their feet and learn how Gomes wants his team to play.

Puscas came on and looked very dangerous with his movement in behind the Hull back four, Lucas Joao was a threat all game and took his goal well and Meite also looked threatening in the second half too - positive signs for the future.

Here’s how the fans reacted to some of the key talking points from Saturday afternoon, which ultimately ended in another defeat...

Game of two halves

This is probably the biggest talking point from the game. The difference between Reading’s performance in the opening 45 and the second half was astonishing.

We couldn’t string two passes together to save our lives in the first half, but after the interval we looked so much more threatening and dangerous as the likes of Swift and Adam were allowed to get on the ball more and dictate the play.

With Puscas and Meite running in behind as well, we always had the Hull back four on the back foot and looking worried.

The fans were pretty disgusted in all honesty with the first half showing, and rightly so as it was completely unacceptable. However, they were more than excited by the Royals’ performance after the interval, with new signing Puscas particularly impressing...

The new signings

Gomes handed three debut starts out on Saturday afternoon, for Lucas Joao, Lucas Boye and Pele - and it’s fair to say that two certainly impressed more than the other.

Joao bagged his first goal in Reading colours, and Boye looked our most dangerous player before getting replaced at half time. However, the fans certainly weren’t impressed with the debut of midfielder Pele, who looked very shaky.

Puscas came off the bench and looked lively, with his movement off the ball and aggression with the ball really worrying Hull City. The Romanian should’ve also bagged himself a goal but squandered two very good openings. However, the fans were certainly impressed by the record signing on Twitter after the game.

It will take time for all of the new boys to settle in and really start to gel, and the fans certainly know that...

The future

One thing the Loyal Royals’ did learn from Saturday’s match is that the future could be very bright, and very exciting. There is definitely cause to be optimistic as a Reading fan, but perspective and patience is still needed.

I’m sure the longer the new signings have on the training pitch with their new team mates, learning the way Gomes wants them to play, we will start to see better performances which in turn will bring better results.

The fans are excited, and pretty much have been since the close of the transfer window on Thursday. We couldn’t have really asked for much more in the transfer window, and now we’re all eager to see what is to come...


A horrible first half aside, Saturday gave us a lot of cause to be optimistic for the long season we have ahead of us, but we need to give this team time and have a bit of patience. Give them time and it will click, and we will start to see the fruits of a fantastic transfer window.

Having said that, you do not want to lose your opening three games so getting points on the board next week against Cardiff is vital - so get down to the Mad Stad, and get behind the lads!