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2023/24 Analysis & Opinion

All the analysis and opinion content we had about Reading in the 2023/24 season.

What Doesn’t Kill You...

Guest writer HowieTRoyal explains why longer-term hope for Reading is already playing out in front of us.

Portsmouth 4-1 Reading: Tactical Analysis

Despite the scoreline, Saturday’s game at Pompey had some positives from a Reading perspective.

Sympathy For The EFL

One of the criticisms most often made against the Football League is that they approved Dai Yongge’s purchase of Reading FC in May 2017, especially when the Premier League had failed to sanction his proposed purchase of Hull City the previous year. Urzz1871 looks into this in more detail and explains why he has sympathy for the EFL.

Were Reading’s Two Toms And Nelson Abbey Really Any Good?

Some Reading fans are accused of viewing academy players with rose-tinted glasses. But the stats would suggest there might be something in it.

Fleetwood Town 1-1 Reading: Tactical Analysis

A closer look at Tuesday’s draw in the north west.

Stevenage 0-1 Reading: Tactics Analysis

Tom looks under the bonnet of a clean-sheet win at the Lamex on Tuesday.

Reading Should Start Harlee Dean At Stevenage

Sim makes the case for Ruben Selles bringing back the veteran centre half.

Six Conclusions From Reading’s January 2024 Transfer Activity

Analysis on a month that featured more outgoings than incomings, and a mixture of positives and negatives.

Why Reading Needed To Keep Hold Of Femi Azeez: Video Tactical Rundown

Ross analyses Femi Azeez in this quicker but detailed video.

Reading 1-1 Leyton Orient: Tactical Analysis

Tom delves into some of what we learned from Saturday’s game.

One Of Our Own, Tom McIntyre, Departs Reading

Reading lost a Royal through and through on Tuesday night as Tom McIntyre’s transfer to Portsmouth was confirmed.

Reading 1-0 Derby County: Tactical Analysis

A closer look at a big three points on Tuesday night.

Reading Is Dai-ing A Death

Reading FC isn’t just having a bad patch that’ll pass, writes Blue & White Jester. It’s on the gallows and unbelievably it’s the ownership who not only put it there but are kicking the stool to hasten its demise.

How Moving To 4-1-4-1 Has Helped Reading: Tactical Analysis

Ruben Selles switched the Royals to 4-1-4-1 in late October and it’s certainly helped performances and results, but how exactly? Tom explains.

Why Ruben Selles And Reading Players Deserve Unwavering Admiration

Reading’s manager and players are facing the current adversity with hugely admirable stalwartness, Harry writes.

What The F*** Happens At Reading Now? Part Three

Reading fans showed their desperation to the world with Saturday’s pitch invasion, so Marc asks: what happens next?

How Reading Operate In Buildup: Video Tactical Rundown

Ross takes an in-depth look via video format into how the Royals build up attacks.

Will 2024 Be A Brighter Year For Reading Women Than 2023?

Pete reviews the Royals’ 2023 and looks ahead to what 2024 may hold in store.

Reading 3-2 Exeter City: Tactical Analysis

The centre-backs come under Tom’s microscope in his analysis of Monday’s important win.

Four Signings Reading Could Target In January

Tom picks out some possible reinforcements if the Royals are able to do business in the transfer window this month.

New Year’s Resolutions For Reading Football Club

New Year, new Reading FC?

The Highs And Lows Of Reading’s 2023: October-December

Sim rounds off his 2023 review with a look at the highs and lows of the last three months at Reading.

2023: The Year Reading Football Club Fell Into The Abyss

A long read on a horrid 365 days for the Royals.

The Highs And Lows Of Reading’s 2023: July-September

Sim’s 2023 recap continues with a look at the third quarter of the year.

The Highs And Lows Of Reading’s 2023: April-June

The second quarter of Reading’s year was a defining one for the club, both on and off the pitch, but not in a good way...

Peterborough United 2-2 Reading: Tactical Analysis

A deep dive into a Boxing Day point on the road.

The Highs And Lows Of Reading’s 2023: January-March

The opening part of our 2023 review takes in a miserable first quarter of the year.

Lincoln City 1-1 Reading: Tactical Analysis

A deep dive into Saturday’s 1-1 in Lincolnshire.

Ovie Ejaria Leaves Reading With A Legacy Of ‘What If?’

The playmaker departed Reading on Monday after a mutual termination of his contract.

Reading 1-1 Oxford United: Tactical Analysis

Some positives and some negatives emerged from a 1-1 draw with promotion-chasing Oxford.

Reading And Oxford United: Reunited At Last

Sim previews a first local derby between Reading and Oxford United in 19 years.

Reading 1-3 Barnsley: Tactical Analysis

A closer look at Saturday’s home defeat.