Reading’s defeat against top-of-the-table West Brom has left The Royals’ fans bewildered and confused about their season. A month ago, things were looking up as Bowen was fielding reserve sides in the cup to focus on reaching the play-offs; now, we’re looking back down and hoping to claim enough points to avoid relegation.
It’s a real rollercoaster of emotions. Fans need to vent. And they’re venting in the direction of one expensive and quality-avoidant Romanian.
Not long until we're back home again, as we get ready to take on C̴a̴r̴d̴i̴f̴f̴ Hull this weekend pic.twitter.com/lG7bLevqoO— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) February 7, 2020
Let us never play Cardiff again.
February 8, 2020
The official club account respond appropriately to a — let’s be honest — quite odd tweet from a Reading journo.
We just cannot defend. 3 fucking center backs and not one is marking the goal scorer https://t.co/bEctP7XPsJ— Luke (@Luke1871_) February 8, 2020
Where’s it all going wrong? Well, for one thing, we can’t defend.
Abysmal performance, Aluko still atrocious and done absolutely nothing in a Reading shirt— Deano (@deanocx) February 8, 2020
And Sone Aluko is still playing for the club.
Oh ay oh, Felipe araruna. Oh ay oh, he’s better than bacuna. Oh ay oh, he never gives the ball away 1 2 3 4#readingfc @Club1871— Sam | (@samwest1871) February 8, 2020
On the plus side, we have a nice new chant to demo when the club’s new Brazilian takes to the pitch.
Congratulations to Omar Richards who has earned himself a MOTM card on @EASPORTSFIFA!— RFC Latest (@RFCLatest) February 8, 2020
Heart eyes emoji. Fire emoji. Fire emoji. Fire emoji. Eyes emoji.
HATTRICK!! pic.twitter.com/sWhlQKXgTb— Hibernian FC (@HibernianFC) February 9, 2020
Reading are struggling to score goals, but one of the players they have out on loan isn’t struggling quite as much.
Long term performance trend for Reading over the past 5 seasons. [via @experimental361] #readingfc pic.twitter.com/jPUcapM0hE— Talk Reading (@TalkReading) February 10, 2020
It’s been a long time since The Royals have been consistently good.
James Harper was on £1500 a week in our 2006/06 PL season! And Nicky Hammond offered him a contract extension with just £500 a week more!! We tried to be so cheap when we went up, could really have consolidated. Another quality podcast @willow1871 #readingfc— Imran Escőbar (@razor5edge) February 11, 2020
Good lord, we were really punching above our weight in those peak years.
Oi Oi!!! One of the greatest midfielders @ReadingFC has ever seen. Definitely the fittest! Sit back and fasten your seatbelt... Go on the Harps! @BBCSounds from midnight, free of charge obviously.. Trust me, a Goodun blah blah blah Urzzz pic.twitter.com/aExYXFoXZC— Ady Williams (@willow1871) February 10, 2020
Also, Harper has hair now.
James Harper only once refused to shake a manager's hand after being substituted - whilst at Reading under Steve Coppell— BBC Berkshire (@BBCBerkshire) February 11, 2020
Here's what happened next ⬇️
Listen to the latest episode of our #ReadingFC podcast with @willow1871 here ➡️ https://t.co/JjBNCaaCWj pic.twitter.com/hqR9pwKE2a
I don’t like it.
Reading are only the second ever team to field two Brazilians in a Championship match, and the first to do so in 11 years (since Barnsley in 2009).— Talk Reading (@TalkReading) February 10, 2020
Brazil flag emoji.
Point at the best player in the Championship #readingfc pic.twitter.com/hfNhRL9pAz— Oli Bryant (@OliB_RFC) February 11, 2020
This is probably going to be the last Ejaria appreciation tweet you’ll see for a while.
Let’s settle this debate: Who should be Brazil’s No.1? #readingfc #brazilfootball— Oli Bryant (@OliB_RFC) February 11, 2020
Retweet for Rafael Like for Alisson❤️ pic.twitter.com/pylWlaacRH
Clearly the correct result.
Championship defensive midfielders pic.twitter.com/cFjj5hcDC2— Ben HD (@PNEBenHD) February 11, 2020
This is where the Pele love kicks in.
Pele has been fucking immense today #readingfc— Alex Lane-Kieltyka (@alex_elkay21) February 12, 2020
People finally starting to realise this. Had a poor first few games but has been quality for ages now https://t.co/CI2sn8NLFp— Jimbo 2.0 (@DingJimbo) February 12, 2020
Feel for George Puscas tonight. Took his penalty well and fought hard all night to try and impact the game despite hardly any support or service from the rest of the team.— RFC Latest (@RFCLatest) February 12, 2020
If we want to get him scoring and performing other players need to step up as well.
Gunman // @puski47 #readingfc— readingfclens (@readingfclens) February 12, 2020
( :getreading) pic.twitter.com/2Uy01Wopk2
Puscas is the new scapegoat for the ire of the Reading fans.
Puscas being scapegoated. Imagine my shock. https://t.co/gElXptFHYP— Tom Mitchell (@Tom_1871) February 12, 2020
Ovie v 5. Shame about the finish - then they go straight up the other end and score. #ReadingFC pic.twitter.com/ndBSAbLxg3— Matheus de Andrade (@maffff) February 8, 2020
OK, one more Ejaria tweet.
I know we were shit, like really really shit. But credit to how good that West Brom team is, especially on the attack and their passing ability, unreal. #readingfc #WBAFC— Alex Lane-Kieltyka (@alex_elkay21) February 12, 2020
A little bit of context is nice.
can’t believe i’m seeing bowen out, we have just played top of the table? #readingfc— hantonnn. (@hantonn_) February 12, 2020
Bowen’s football is terrible. Without Joao he’s absolutely lost, genuinely reminiscent of Clement’s era now. He was obviously the right man for stabilising us this season but if we want to progress upwards we need someone else. His new contract was a horrible mistake #readingfc— Jonny (@JMP1871) February 12, 2020
the best part of my day was seeing Ali Al Habsi again, still miss u @AliAlhabsi #readingfc— amber (@amber_ws) February 13, 2020
It was lovely to see him again.
I imagine this is taken out of context but I don’t recall Robert Huth being the leanest of players either? https://t.co/X8qHzKKg6J— Jacob (@HawleyJaco) February 13, 2020
Y ALL THE ADAM H8 JUST STOP PLS world.
Kitson's curler #GoalOfTheDay pic.twitter.com/79cwNXR9iy— Premier League (@premierleague) February 13, 2020
We’ll end on a positive note. The good old days. Sigh.