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Tactics Review: Half-Time Formation Change Gains Royals A Point

A switch back to a diamond earned Veljko Paunovic’s side a draw, though Reading were certainly left wanting more in an end-to-end encounter.

Tactics Review: Royal Diamond Brings Another Three Points

Despite a few forced alterations, Reading showed versatility and attacking intent to sweep aside Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday afternoon.

Tactics Review: Reading Return To The Diamond In Rovers Win

Reading changed tack in midweek, utilising a diamond formation in the absence of Rinomhota.

Tactics Corner: Reading Adapting To Meite’s Continued Absence

The Royals finally managed to edge a tight game in another clash where they used different combinations of players in order to achieve three points.

Tactics Review: New-Look Right Flank Pays Off

Jamie examines the impact of the Esteves/Yiadom partnership in Reading’s win at Bristol City on Tuesday.

Tactics Review: Reading Try Rejigged Midfield In Millwall Defeat

Pauno gave different roles to Rinomhota and Semedo, and although he took flak for subbing off Holmes, the reason for the loss wasn’t so straightforward.

Tactics Review: Reading Match Brentford Well In Intense Game

A closer look at a gutting night for the Royals, when Joao’s penalty was cancelled out by a brace from DaSilva and late third from Toney.

Tactics Review: Why Reading Never Got Going At Stoke

Jamie delves into the Royals’ goalless draw at Stoke.

Tactics Review: Swift Encouraging In Goalless Draw At Preston

Jamie has positives and negatives to pick out from Reading’s performance in a frustrating stalemate at Deepdale.

Tactics Review: Full Backs Key In FA Cup Loss At Luton

Jamie’s analysis of the Royals’ third-round FA Cup defeat at Kenilworth Road focuses on the roles played by Ethan Bristow and Tomas Esteves.

Tactics Review: New Year’s Joy At The John Smith’s

Jamie delves into the tactics behind Reading’s 2-1 win over Huddersfield Town.

Tactics Review: Reading’s 4-3-3 Undone By Brentford

Veljko Paunovic tried out a different shape for the visit to West London but, as Jamie explains, it didn’t work.

Tactics Review: Promise In Defeat Against Norwich City

A narrow defeat for the Royals, but one in which Reading got some things right and some things wrong, as Jamie explains.

Tactics Review: How Birmingham City Negated Reading

Jamie explains how Aitor Karanka’s game plan stifled the Royals at the Mad Stad in midweek.

Tactics Review: Reading Dominant But Not Ruthless In Forest Win

Although Reading bossed proceedings against Forest, they didn’t push to run up a heavier scoreline.

Tactics Review: Reading’s All-Round Performance Against Bristol City

The Royals were solid in defence and full of creativity going forwards, as Jamie explains.

Tactics Review: Positives To Take From Frustrating Defeat

Despite the result - a fourth straight loss - there were encouraging signs in Reading’s 4-2 defeat at Bournemouth.

Tactics Review: Defensive Flaws Exposed In Home Defeat

Despite creating chances well, Reading’s defence wasn’t tight enough to prevent a 3-0 home defeat to Preston, as Jamie explains.

Tactics Review: Why Reading Fell Short Against Coventry

Jamie digs down into what went wrong on Friday night.

Tactics Review: Formations Galore In Impressive Blackburn Win

Jamie reviews how different formations were used effectively during this match, as the Royals came away with a 4-2 win.

Tactics Review: How Reading Saw Off Rotherham

A closer look at how Saturday’s game panned out tactically.

Tactics Review: Royals Struggle Past Wycombe At The Mad Stad

Jamie has a closer look at the Wycombe win - another difficult clean sheet and three points.

Tactics Review: Reading Draw A Blank At Middlesbrough

The unbeaten run continues, but Reading missed the chance to make it five consecutive wins at the Riverside.

Tactics Review: Reading’s Complete Performance Against Watford

Jamie unpacks the best performance of the Pauno era as Reading see off promotion hopefuls Watford.

Tactics Review: Hard-Working Royals Come Out On Top In Cardiff

Jamie goes into detail on Reading’s all-round performance in the Welsh capital on Saturday.

Tactics Review: Profligacy vs Patience

Jamie delves into a game in which Reading doubled their tally for 2020 home league wins.

Tactics Review: Why Reading Never Got Going Against Luton

Veljko Paunovic completely overhauled Reading’s team for the Carabao Cup clash, and it didn’t pay off.

Tactics Review: Dynamic, Positive Royals Outclass Rams

Jamie dissects a really encouraging opening-day performance that gave us an interesting insight into Veljko Paunovic’s Reading.

Tactics Preview: What To Expect From Reading In 2020/21

New manager, new set-up? Jamie looks into what Reading’s 2020/21 team might look like.

Tactics Review: Michael Olise A Bright Note In Swansea Defeat

Despite the scoreline on Wednesday night, there were positive signs for Mark Bowen and his side.

Tactics Review: Offensive Promise Not Enough At Ewood Park

Jamie explains the pros and cons of Reading’s 4-4-2 at the weekend, and the improvement that could be made.

Tactics Review: Time To Solve Our Attacking Issues After Boro Defeat

Lucas Boye and Ayub Masika could provide some entertainment on the wings in the final couple of games...

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