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Sunday, 28 December 2014

Match Report - Reading FC 2 - 1 Norwich -

Madejski Stadium celebrated its first win under Steve Clarke this afternoon after the Royals earned a hard-earned 2-1 win over an in-form Norwich side to do the double over the Canaries this season.

The home side took the lead from the penalty spot when Michael Hector was pushed inside the box and Hal Robson-Kanu slotted past John Ruddy from 12 yards.

Reading then added a second when Glenn Murray crossed from the right and Simon Cox arrowed home with his left foot at the far post.

Friday, 19 December 2014

Watford (H) Match Preview -

It's the beginning of a new era - the Steve Clarke era. There is always a new buzz about the place when a new manager arrives and the large majority seem to be happy with the appointment of the former West Brom boss, so hopefully there will be some optimism at the Mad Stad tomorrow. Our opponents will provide a very tough game, as we face promotion hopefuls Watford, who have struggled for consistency in recent months with managers and results, but come into this one on the back of two wins.

Vital Quotes:

New Reading manager Steve Clark - 'I expect us to be a team that is competitive in the Championship and looking up the table and towards the play-off positions. I came here because I feel there`s a group of players that have enough quality and desire to do that. Hopefully we will prove that right in the coming weeks. We haven`t spoken about what`s happened before; it`s a fresh start. I spoke only about what we were going to do going forward.'

Warnock: Murray could have Palace future -

Neil Warnock has strongly hinted he will give Glenn Murray a chance back at Palace, considering his striker shortage.

The future of the on-loan Royals striker is very much unknown, but despite having a figure in place to buy him next month, he is set to return to Palace. Murray himself is still keen on getting another opportunity in the top flight, after being injury ridden for last season.

Clarke learning quickly ahead of Watford test -

Steve Clarke is eager to begin his reign as Reading manager with a win over Watford tomorrow, having started to familiarise himself with his new squad.

After being appointed on Tuesday afternoon, the Scot held his first training session at Hogwood on Thursday morning, as well as a number of team meetings.

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Adkins: Bolton test will be a tough one -

Nigel Adkins says his squad are well aware of the threats that rejuvenated Bolton will pose when they visit the Madejski Stadium on Saturday.

The Trotters, who sat bottom of the Championship when new manager Neil Lennon took over, have won five of their last eight games to move out of the second tier’s relegation zone.

Hammond expecting quiet transfer window -

Director of Football Nicky Hammond has revealed that the club will probably not very active in the upcoming transfer window.

The reasons for this are the new Financial Fair Play program, which clubs are now making an effort to abide by, with sanctions coming in heavy fines and point deductions. We submitted our accounts last month and despite some doubts, Hammond is confident we will pass.

Royals fail in defender loan attempt -

According to reports, Reading failed in a bid to sign West Brom defender Jason Davidson on loan.

Royals boss Nigel Adkins has always made it clear that the club would use the loan market if the player was right and despite apparently finding one, the club couldn't strike a deal. West Brom were reluctant to let the left-back go, even if it was on a short-term deal.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Pearce red appeal rejected -

No surprise about this one - Alex Pearce has had his red card appeal against Cardiff turned down.

The Royals defender was shown a straight red in the game with Cardiff on Friday night, as he brought down former team mate Adam le Fondre in the penalty area. The club opted to appeal the decision on Tuesday morning, in the hope that the sending off would be rescinded by the FA.

Monday, 13 October 2014

Reading defender wants new deal -

Chris Gunter is into his final year on his Reading contract, but remains committed to staying at the club longer.