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    DavesaRam

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    Re: Reading 1-2 Derby reports and comments

    Post by DavesaRam on Sat 04 Aug 2018, 3:30 pm

    MadAmster wrote:Chalk n cheese job. They were all over us like a rash for 35 minutes and, like Soton against us, we didn't have a clue what to do.

    Last 10 of the 1st half was better.

    Then came whatever FL said to the lads at HT. Back to what we did in pre season and we were the better side. Wisdom should have clsoed Barrow down. He didn't. He crossed and Bodvarsson put it away brilliantly giving Carson no chance wotsumdivva.

    In recent seasons that body blow would have seen us implode. We didn't. We got on with it and looked far the better side. A speculative shot, with his wrong foot I may add, from Mount (will he get nicknamed Peggy?) went in and Mannone will have recurring nightmares over that.

    Also, in the recent past, we would have took a creative player off and replaced him with a defender to safeguard the point. FL didn't do that. Ledley picked up (or further aggravated) a hamstring problem and was replaced by BJ. Logical swap. Nuge was replaced by Bennett, also like for like although I think that comparison is, these days, not doing Mason B justice. Has the lad finally come of age?

    He held their left back off and, rather than take it into the corner in the dying seconds, he beat the defender, put in a great cross an Lawro met it perfectly. Lawro's legs turned to jelly and he was replaced for the last 5 seconds by Pearce.... protecting the lead.

    The start is worrying. That the team started to get back into it in the last 10 of the 1st half is encouraging. That FL got them back doing exactly what it is he wants them to do in the 2nd half is, hopefully, indicative of what effect he has on the side.

    A game that provides hope rather than OTT joy. 3 points in the bag on the bag of, over the 90 minutes, an average performance. Start replicating the 2nd half performance from the off and....... this time next year Rodders????? It could just happen.

    I'm already on the roller coaster. Who's with me?



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    Re: Reading 1-2 Derby reports and comments

    Post by RRC on Sat 04 Aug 2018, 5:06 pm

    Our 3 points looks even better now with only 4 other teams winning today --

    Brentford 5-1 Rotherham
    Preston 1-0 QPR
    West Brom 1-2 Bolton
    Wigan 3-2 Sheff Weds

    Millwall were a bit unlucky not to beat Boro (who equalized in the 97th minute).
    Sheff U and Swansea are playing at tea time today.
    Stoke will play Leeds tomorrow.



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    Re: Reading 1-2 Derby reports and comments

    Post by Loughborough Ram on Sat 04 Aug 2018, 5:06 pm

    I think it's obvious why Lampard wants Waghorn. It was crying out for a big strong presence up front
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    Re: Reading 1-2 Derby reports and comments

    Post by RRC on Sat 04 Aug 2018, 5:11 pm

    Loughborough Ram wrote:I think it's obvious why Lampard wants Waghorn. It was crying out for a big strong presence up front

    Too true - our strikers look very lightweight, apart from Jerome who isn't good enough.

    I don't count Martin, because he's not fit yet and not very mobile anyway.
    We don't need anyone to hold up play - we need to be very quick for 4-3-3 to work
    and to compensate for our lack of weight.

    Many teams will find it easy to bully the forwards we're likely to play.

    Btw Waghorn wasn't even a sub today, so Ipswich seem to expect to sell him.



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    Re: Reading 1-2 Derby reports and comments

    Post by old ewe on Sat 04 Aug 2018, 5:42 pm

    I felt sorry for the lads in the beginning. They were carrying the weight of a very over-hyped game in front of 'the world' in sweltering conditions. It all looked a bit too much for them. They were the victims of a media circus. But they eventually controlled their inner demons .... worked through these and round Reading.......and the end was a treat for everyone. They will be ok now all that is over.................
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    Re: Reading 1-2 Derby reports and comments

    Post by bramhallram on Sun 05 Aug 2018, 7:35 am

    FL must have had the shock of his life watching the first half hour. It was like we'd picked up the wrong script as Reading did exactly what we were supposed to do, and we just kept misplacing passes and failing to control midfield.

    In the build up to the game FL had said we would try to press the opposition at all times, move the ball quickly front front to back and cut out risky cross field passes across our back four that carry the danger of being intercepted. Clearly some of our players hadn't been listening.

    The good news is that whatever FL said had half-time clearly worked, because the second half was much better and Lawrence's goal was superb.

    But we can't expect teams to waste chances like Reading did in the first half. On the evidence of one game we look lightweight up front and we need a commanding centre back who doesn't give the ball away so easily.

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