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Charlton Fans Verdict: Royals Slump To Disappointing Defeat

The in-form Addicks came to town on Saturday and put Reading to the sword in a disappointing end to a good August for Gomes’ men.

Reading fans and players alike travelled to the Mad Stad on Saturday afternoon full of confidence coming off the back off a good run of results in both the league and Carabao Cup.

However it was, in the end, a very tough and disappointing afternoon as the unbeaten Addicks ran out well deserved 2-0 winners. It was almost a carbon copy of the Huddersfield game last Saturday but unfortunately, it was the Royals on the receiving end this time.

Reading should’ve been 2-0 up at half-time with record signing Puscas missing two huge chances, most notably the one-on-one just before half time. And Charlton punished Puscas for not taking his chances with a deflected first goal, and a penalty from Lyle Taylor.

In truth, Reading were poor in the second-half and showed that they are still very much a team in transition and there is still a lot of work to do before Gomes can set his sights on the top end of the table. Here’s how the fans reacted to some of the key talking points...

Missed Chances

In the first half, the Royals were probably the better team - we zipped the ball around pretty nicely and looked pretty threatening. However, we had a few guilt edged chances that really should’ve been taken.

None more so than George Puscas, when he saw his close range attempt rattle the crossbar, and then a one-on-one effort saved pretty comfortably by the Charlton keeper.

Everything up until the end product was very good in the opening 45, but in this league you get punished for not taking chances - something the Reading fansbase know all too well by now.

It left the fans frustrated, and rightly so as if we take those chances - which we should’ve done - it’s a completely different game. And they took that frustration to social media after the game...

Gomes’ Substitutions

Two of the major beneficiaries from the change to three at the back have been Andy Yiadom and Omar Richards. The two wing-backs were good again on Saturday, until they were both oddly taken off midway through the second period.

And they were taken off for the usual strikers Lucas Boye and Yakou Meite - a change that really surprised and perplexed the majority of the loyal Royals at the Madejski.

It was only 1-0 at the time and it was only the 60th minute, so it seemed to puzzle the fans why Gomes went so gung-ho so soon. Hindsight is a wonderful thing though, and if Boye and Meite go on to both score and win us the game, we say it’s a masterpiece from Gomes.

The fans took to Twitter after the game to voice their confusion...

Second-Half

The second-half performance was the polar opposite of what we have become used to in recent games from Gomes’ men. We were slow in possession, wide open at the back and pretty toothless going forward.

After a good first-half showing, the fans were expectant and hoping that we would’ve pushed on and gone on to win the game, but it just wasn’t to be.

There is no need to overreact, but it is a wake up call that this team is still far off what they can be. Gomes would’ve known before the Charlton game that there is still a lot of work to do, and Saturday just highlighted it even more.

It was a poor performance, and the fans certainly made their feelings shown on social media after the game...

Conclusion

A poor second-half, and poor finishing in the first-half - and it cost us ultimately. Gomes said after the game that in a way he is glad that we made the mistakes we did so early on in the season so he can ensure they don’t happen again.

I’m sure the players will learn from Saturday and come back stronger. It cannot be stressed enough that this team is very much a working progress, and it will take time to see them hit full flow - so let’s give them get time.

We go again after the international break.

URZ