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Nottingham Forest Fans Verdict: Loyal Royals Frustrated At Missed Chances

How the Reading faithful reacted to the key talking points to come from Saturday’s 1-1 draw in Nottingham.

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I know you can never really be that frustrated with a point away from home in this league, but after missing the chances we did, I’m sure Pauno will be pulling his hair out - actually I know he will be, going off his verbals on the touchline throughout the 90 minutes.

It was a game we dominated really throughout, but as Pauno said in his post-match media duties, we were far too casual with that dominance in the first half - we have to be more ruthless and clinical in front of goal.

Chris Hughton’s teams are always hard to break down, but there were still moments in the first half that we have to do better with. Early on, Joao found himself in space down the right hand side but blazed over, a bit later on Olise found himself bearing down on the back four only to misplace what looked like a simple pass to Joao, and then the Portuguese striker was involved again when he really should’ve scored from a well-worked corner.

We have to do better with those moments. If we do, we win the game. The fans were left frustrated at those missed chances, and rightly so - but there was praise for a certain individual performance and the return of one of our big, big players...

Missed chances

This was the story of our day really. Summed up perfectly by Pauno’s reaction to Joao’s unbelievable miss in the first half from the cleverly worked corner kick: “TOO F****** CASUAL!” quickly followed by the unmistakable sound of somebody kicking the living daylights out of an advertising hoarding - a reaction that I’m sure was replicated by many loyal Royals watching on from home.

It’s not a bad point when you look back at it; we’re now five points clear of seventh, securing our place in the play-offs (which is now undoubtedly our number one priority) but the players and Pauno will be thinking that the three points were there for the taking if they’d just been a bit more ruthless.

The fans were left frustrated at the lack of composure in front of goal, something we’ve not really been used to seeing from this team throughout this season...

Andy Yiadom

I think it’s fair to say the debate between who should start right back in our strongest team is well and truly dead. Andy Yiadom is one of the most consistent performers in the league and walks into our strongest eleven, it’s as simple as that.

He put in yet another performance against Forest that left him as the majority of the fans’ pick for man of the match, and you can’t really blame him. He was a constant attacking outlet, making numerous lung busting runs down the right hand side, but also felt he dealt pretty well with a Forest attack that can be quite tricky to deal with.

An assured performance from our first choice right back - no less than we expect, but one that still got the fans talking...

Return of The Yak

Meite has had more than his fair share of criticism throughout his time in Berkshire: some deserved, some not so. But you just cannot overestimate his importance to this team now. He’s so, so important to the way Pauno wants to play.

With the flair players of Joao, Ejaria, Olise and Swift, we need someone like Meite who can offer us something different. He’s the only player we’ll have who’s willing to make those runs beyond the last man, which opens up the space for the aforementioned players to work their magic. And he’s also clinical in front of goal.

Not only that but he's also a hugely popular member of the team - both with the players and with the fans, and even having him back involved with the team will give the rest of the players a boost.

The fans absolutely adore him, and adore him even more after grabbing us an equaliser in the dying embers on Saturday afternoon...

Conclusion

A good point in the grand scheme of things - a nice five-point gap has opened up now between us and seventh but this season is by no means over yet. 10 huge games to go and it’s all about keeping that points tally ticking over.

Another big game coming up on Wednesday night against Birmingham City, who seem to be on a bit of a downwards spiral, something we need to capitalise on.

URZ