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Middlesbrough Fans Verdict: Royals Remain Unbeaten

How the Loyal Royals reacted to yet another clean sheet and a point on Teesside, as Reading extended their unbeaten start.

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After winning the first four games on the bounce, the Royals have had a long wait to get back to action after another round of international fixtures - they just get more and more annoying don't they? However, the players had a chance to continue the winning run on Saturday against Neil Warnock’s Middlesbrough.

Making it five on wins on the bounce wasn’t to be though, as Pauno’s men huffed and puffed but couldn’t break down the Boro defence - who played like a typical Neil Warnock side. From the get go it always looked like it was going to be a game of very few chances, as two very well-organised defences faced off.

Even though the fans were left frustrated in terms of the lack of attacking threat the players offered - they were certainly pleased to see their team get another clean sheet on the board, making it four clean sheets out of five. Very impressive indeed.

Josh Laurent and Michael Olise spurned our best chances in the first 45 and, despite his best efforts all game, Ovie Ejaria couldn’t conjure up any of the moments of magic he's become renown for - although he did look sharper and more involved than he has done in recent times.

Here’s how the fans reacted to the key talking points form the 0-0 draw...

Another clean sheet

I don't know quite what Pauno has done and is doing to our defence, but whatever it is, he needs to continue doing it. We have looked impenetrable so far this season.

Both Liam Moore and Michael Morrison were sensational, particularly the skipper who has bounced back superbly from a very difficult end to the last campaign. Tom Holmes looked like he’s been playing right back all season. As for Omar Richards, let me tell you, we have one hell of a left back on our hands with him - he could easily go on to be a Premier League player in the next few years.

Rafael hardly had anything of note to do all game, and the fans were quick to dish out the praise to the Royals’ defence - particularly young Tom Holmes...

Five unbeaten

Although some fans were a bit disappointed that we couldn't get that fifth straight win, it’s hard to be disappointed with a clean sheet and a point away from home at Middlesbrough side managed by Mr Warnock. We all know how tough his teams can be to play against by now.

It's a game that in recent times we’d have probably conceded in the last 10 minutes, but this team looks to be different and has really been toughened and tightened up by Paunovic and his staff - which is really refreshing to see.

It’s another point on the board and we stay level on points with Bristol City at the top of the table - that’s something the fans are happy about...

Upcoming games

Our next two games are home games against two recently promoted sides: Wycombe Wanderers and Rotherham. On paper, those are two very winnable games, and I try my best to refrain from using that word because it can really come back to bite you, but it’s the truth.

To go into those two games with four wins and a draw from the first five games is a really exciting position to be in - it’s now up to the players and Paunovic to keep that professionalism, and get the results we need in those two games, which I’m extremely confident they'll do.

The fans are certainly excited about the next two games, but should also be wary - because we all know the Championship by now...


A decent result all in all. You'll take a point and a clean sheet away from home all day long, although it is still a missed chance to make it five wins out of five - the game, particularly in the first half, was there for the taking.

Onto Wycombe now on Tuesday, where hopefully we’ll see the likes of Tomas Esteves come in and show what he can do.