We all know by now that the life of being a supporter of Reading Football Club is one full of ups and downs, and then some. A week ago we endured one of those highs in South Wales with a wonderful 3-2 win against Swansea, however on Saturday we experienced a bit of a low.
Don’t get me wrong, we’ve had much worse lows than a 1-1 draw at home to Hull, but it’s frustrating that we failed to properly build on a good result.
The performance wasn’t that bad: we created some good moments and, of course, should’ve had at least two stonewall penalties (more on that later on). But, as Pauno mentioned in his post-match media duties, you have to focus on your “controllable”.
We certainly didn't do that on Saturday. We had the chances to come away with all three points and I'm sure Luke Southwood doesn’t need telling twice that he should be doing better with Hull’s equaliser. He may have slipped, but a pot-luck shot from that far out shouldn’t going in.
Here’s how the fans reacted to some of the key talking points...
Before we get on to the not so good, let’s talk about Tom Holmes. It is very, very hard not to love this guy. He must’ve thought that his Reading career was somewhat over before Pauno arrived, but since the Serb’s arrival Holmes has made himself a key part of the squad.
One thing that had eluded Holmes though was his first goal for the club. Well, that was until he decided to embrace his inner Leroy Lita a plant a wonderful bicycle kick into the back of the net.
You could tell by the celebrations that it was more than just a goal. It was a season-ticket holder scoring his first goal for his boyhood club. It’s what dreams are made of, and the fans couldn't be happier for him...
Is that Tom Holmes first Reading goal as a boyhood fan being a bicycle kick????? #readingfc— calum (@caldini4) December 4, 2021
Tom Holmes you absolute legend. Don’t think I’ve ever seen a centre back score a bicycle kick before!?! #readingfc— Steven Hansell (@steveyroyal) December 4, 2021
TOM HOLMES JUST SCORED AN OVERHEAD KICK #readingfc #REAHUL— Joel (@jcrfc1871) December 4, 2021
Tom Holmes bicycle kick for his first ever #ReadingFC goal!— Alex Everson (@Readingfanman) December 4, 2021
Tom Holmes take a bow son!! #readingfc#urzzz— Mark Hamilton (@M4rk59) December 4, 2021
Holmes that’s outrageous #readingfc— Toby Lewis (@TobyLewistorq) December 4, 2021
Loving the praise Tom Holmes is getting for his goal. He’s going to the Prem 100% and it’s the upmost importance that #readingfc sort him out long-term ASAP. Build the defence around him from the summer & we’ll only go upwards— Nick Houlton (@Houlton11) December 4, 2021
From one academy product to another. However, this time it won’t make so good reading. Look, I'm not here to throw shade at Southwood, that is the last thing he deserves. He has been nothing short of superb since coming into he team, which makes me feel slightly guilty writing this.
It’s a frustrating mistake from Southwood. He may have slipped and lost his footing, but he’ll be annoyed that it’s found it’s way into the back of the net.
Like I said though, there is no reason to get on Southwood’s back. The fans still look to be in his corner whilst still acknowledging the error...
Thought we played alright today, desperately lacked width and work rate at times. Probably two of the most obvious penalties your see and a howler from Southwood who’s been brilliant in recent weeks. #readingfc— Robert Bunting (@Bunting1871) December 4, 2021
Blimey it’s quiet on here about that Southwood error! Imagine it was Rafael #readingfc— Jake Atkinson (@AtkinsonJake) December 4, 2021
Southwood won't sleep tonight. IMO worst performance seen from him - very jittery. But it's now history & as I used to say to my kids when they made mistakes. 'It's history, you can't change it, you can only learn from it'. He'll come back strong & better still. #readingfc— Andy C #FBPE (@AndyRFCCharman) December 4, 2021
I love Southwood and he’s been incredible but what was he doing for the goal? May as well had thrown it in his own net, so, so poor from him #readingfc— Nick Houlton (@Houlton11) December 4, 2021
#ReadingFC keeper Luke Southwood uncharacteristically allows the ball to ricochet into his net.— Mick Day (@MickDay99) December 4, 2021
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Love Luke Southwood and he’s been fantastic from the moment he came into the team, but he’s been really dreadful today. #readingfc— Tom Light (@tomlight93) December 4, 2021
I said it after that game against Sheffield Wednesday last season: the standard of officiating in this country and particularly in the EFL, needs a proper review.
We say we don't like talking about referees and blaming them, but it’s a fact that bad officiating can and does affect results of football games. I mean, no one knows if we score those penalties that we clearly should’ve got, but getting either of them gives us a better chance of winning.
The Swift one was bad enough, but the handball decision. Wow, how that isn’t a penalty I will never know. And the rest of the fanbase weren’t happy about the officiating either...
Referees like this one today just makes you think of this classic moment.#ReadingFC pic.twitter.com/LXx8FxhK7n— Blue And White Wall (@bluewhitewall) December 4, 2021
Chances to win that. Referee was poor and that's polite. #readingfc— Dean Bennett (@DeanBennett1993) December 4, 2021
Would love to sit down with the referee in front of a replay and get his explanation for why he didn’t give the handball as a penalty. He can’t have seen it #readingfc— Chris (@ChrissRFC) December 4, 2021
What's frustrating is the lack of accountability for officials, managers and players have to answer for their mistakes but referees never do. The standard of refereeing in the EFL is at an all time low and it costs teams points, week in week out #readingfc— Tom Maynard (@ttmaynard) December 4, 2021
Referee was shocking. He cost us the win today #readingfc— AidenRFC (@AidenRFC_) December 4, 2021
Referee in a perfect position so how on earth did he not award #readingfc a penalty? https://t.co/pJc14nurFi— Paul Hunsdon (@Hunsy1969) December 4, 2021
Another diabolical decision by terrible @EFL referees. This is unacceptable at this level @EFL, sort your officiating out. #ReadingFC https://t.co/3b8gHMMGbp— Milo (@MiloRoyal1871) December 4, 2021
Just another really frustrating afternoon really. We have to build consistency from somewhere and need to start doing it quickly because of where we now sit in the league.
Yes, decisions went against us, of course they did. But I still don't think it was good enough, we have to be better. The lack of consistency in this team is so frustrating, it really is.