Friday was a huge chance to lift spirits and our chances of avoiding relegation. With the games we’ve got left and the situation we’re in, with all due respect to the Blues, we should’ve been targeting a win.
The performance wasn’t disastrous by any means; we started really well actually. But it’s not performances we need, we need wins. We need points on the board.
Here is how the fans reacted to the game. Spoiler alert, they weren’t very happy.
The threat of relegation now is very, very real. For any fan who thinks that we should have enough in the squad to see us over the line and keep us up: wake up and smell the coffee.
Friday’s result slipped us into the relegation zone with just six games to play. One thing’s for sure: the remainder of the season is going to be an absolute dogfight. We managed to scrape through last season, but so far the signs aren’t great for this one.
Judging by these tweets, it looks like it’s dawned on the fans just how dire the situation is now...
No fight, no heart, no desire. No tenacity, no spirit, no flair. A million miles from the football club I fell in love with. Relegation feels inevitable if things stay the same. Feels like a sad, sad day. #readingfc— Anthony Kendrick (@AJKendrick) April 7, 2023
Accepted relegation for a while now, it’s going to happen.— George Blair (@GeorgeB22998154) April 8, 2023
Club deserves it, no complaints from me! #readingfc
And we are now in the relegation zone. And I’d be amazed if we come out of it again. #ReadingFC— JoshB (@JoshSB91) April 7, 2023
0 urgency. 0 pressure. What fight have we seen there? We’re literally in the relegation zone. We’re nailed on to go down. #readingfc— Jacob Potter (@pott95) April 7, 2023
They did the talk but not the walk.— Paul Ince'd by Reading FC (@bluewhitewall) April 7, 2023
It painful knowing us fans cannot stop our relegation.
The future looks bad but hopefully the good times return soon. #ReadingFC
I don’t think people are quite understanding what our situation is. We’re in serious danger of going out of business if we get relegated to League One and we’ve got a manager who is laughing in interviews while relegation is looming. Demand change, now. #ReadingFC— Tatum (@Tatum1871) April 7, 2023
Had to win and didn't. Simple as that. Can't see any other outcome other than relegation. #readingfc— Shaun Berry (@sbezzzab1871) April 7, 2023
I wrote a piece earlier this week about how we need to put opinions and thoughts about Ince to one side to really rally behind the players for the last few games. Ince is going to make it very hard for me to practice what I preach.
That post-match interview after the Birmingham City game was nothing short of a disgrace. He tells us to be positive and then makes remarks like us staying in the league would be ‘something special’. He chuckles during interviews. And the lack of accountability doesn’t get any less angering the longer it goes on.
It’s not Ince’s fault, it’s the clubs, or it’s the refs. I’m fearing the worst and Ince is a big reason for that. The fans were pretty angry with him on Saturday...
He’s absolutely spot on. Meanwhile we’re stuck with one of the most incompetent & clueless idiots I’ve ever seen in the dugout. When we go down (which we will btw) there needs to be a full scale enquiry as to why the club didn’t sack Ince during the international break.#readingfc https://t.co/B9qZP7b9Yv— Jamie (@jamiewillby) April 8, 2023
In a sea of troubles, the fact that Ince doesn't seem remotely bothered by our predicament is a particularly bad one.— Richard (@ProbablyADick) April 7, 2023
How can you possibly motivate a team with the attitude he's showing? #ReadingFC
Sack Ince now !— Neil Palmer (@neilpalmerphoto) April 7, 2023
A new manager (Hunt?) bounce might just get us over the line. Nothing to lose ! #readingfc
Honestly think we are going down this season, I have no faith in Paul ince makes even more angry when he’s laughing and joking in his interview #readingfc— James Banning (@Jbroyal1988) April 8, 2023
Anyone weather a fan or pundit says ince has done a good job is deluded— Gavin Smith (@gavpsmith) April 8, 2023
We are in the bottom 3 playing some of the worst football I have seen in 35 years
Regardless of the finances that squad is better than what is being produced #readingfc
I can't believe Paul Ince is still the manager of my football club, sleepwalking towards relegation and the board do not care #readingfc— NKDING43 (@NKDING43) April 8, 2023
My biggest fear right now is not going down but going down and keeping Ince.— Lee Richards (@Lee_Richards1) April 7, 2023
It’s easy to forget some of the decent stuff he has done but it’s beyond time he went now. Simply not good enough #readingfc
Ince continues to sound like a man that has absolutely no fear or threat of the sack. See you all in League 1 #readingfc— Daniel Gardener (@Dan01871) April 7, 2023
I think I’m going to have to have ‘Paul Ince’ as a recurring talking point in these Fans Verdicts. That post-match interview angered me like no other I’ve seen before from a Reading manager. Laughing while we’ve just dropped into the relegation zone? It’s just beyond criminal.
However, we need to go again on Monday, we need three points. But you just feel that a home game against Birmingham, who have virtually nothing to play for - when we have to play the likes of Burnley, Luton Town and two of the clubs around us - was a huge opportunity missed.