Date: 11th March 2018 at 9:53am
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I made the trip to Reading on Saturday for the clash at the Madejski Stadium.

I give my view of the performance of the players after the 2-2 draw.

Peacock-Farrell 8 Star Man
He could do nothing about either goal. He kept us in the game in the first 35 minutes with a string of good saves. In the second half, he showed he isn`t afraid to command his area and he also isn`t scared about giving his defence the verbal`s if they are not doing their job.

Berardi 5
He always gives his all but he struggled with the pace of Mo Barrow.

Pennington 6
A mixed performance. He did well along with BPF to keep out two efforts in the first half. Passing and decision making is not the best.

Jansson 7
He scored the equalising goal. I think he has been very restrained in the last few games, as he has tried to avoid picking up a booking and a two-match suspension.

De Bock 4
He has gone backwards since arriving. He is slightly better than Anita is but that isn`t saying much. Why not give Tyler Denton a go or ever Ezgjan Alioski, who plays at left full-back for his country.

O`Kane 5
He was slightly better than recent performances but still not good enough.

Forshaw 7
An assist for the first goal. He covers a lot of ground working hard in midfield. All we need now is someone who can play alongside him.

Hernandez 7
He struggled to get into the game but slowly he started to dictate what Leeds did well. A cracking goal to put us ahead. It is time to sort him out with a new deal.

Saiz 7
Like Hernandez, most of what we do well is through either of these two. He played his part in both goals. I often find him trying to find Alioski as much as he can rather than someone else. He could have picked out Stuart Dallas late in the game but preferred to try to pass to Alioski.

Ekuban 4
He struggled to get into the game but sending long hopeful balls up to his head are no good as he isn`t that sort of forward.

Alioski 7
He worked very hard going forward and helping defensively. He had three really good chances to score.

Subs

Lasogga 6

He almost won the game for us late on when he charged down a clearance. I really thought we needed him on earlier in the second half.

Dallas
A late substitution.

Summary
Living locally to Reading, I think I have been to every game between the two sides at the Madejski Stadium. They are usually very tight dull games, even when we have won. Saturday was very open but the quality was very poor.

For the first 35 minutes, I thought Leeds were abysmal and with Peacock-Farrell in the Leeds goal, Reading could have been out of sight.

I decided to go and get a liquid refreshment to dull the pain with ten minutes of the half remaining and I watched the final ten minutes of the half on the concourse. One comment I made was, ‘When I was up there, it was like watching Barnet. Since I have come down here, it is like watching Brazil.`

We created a number of chances and really should have gone in ahead.

In the second half, I thought we dominated the game but always looked vulnerable to the quick breakaway.

We went ahead but then conceded a soft equaliser, on the break.

Both teams looked for a winner. Leeds looked the more likely with a number of good chances whilst young Peacock- Farrell did really well with everything that came into the box. I will be honest, I was worried about him coming in and what it could do for his confidence if he performed poorly. He has been excellent in both his games.

We now have 50 points, a usual marker for safety. Thank god, we had a good start to the season. We now have two very winnable home games coming up against Sheffield Wednesday and Bolton Wanderers. I hope the team can get some confidence with a couple of wins and build from there.

Finally, with it being our local game, the Thames Valley Whites were out in force and what an excellent day we had. Having been formed in 2009, we have helped each other dull the pain of abject performance after abject performance by having a good laugh and a good day out drinking. We would much sooner drink celebrating something though rather than to dull the pain.


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