At least Kenny Jackett saw the same performance we all did on Tuesday.
Which is to say, awful.
Some of the comments in his pre-match interview (video below) are worth a listen.
In a typically statesmanlike manner, he alludes to the fact that it’s not easy to keep the wagon rolling, given the players sold or lost to injury.
There have certainly been times this season when I’ve felt he hasn’t picked his best team or given us the maximum chance of winning. I’d include Tuesday in that too.
But equally, I think overall he’s done as well as he could have done with the increasingly limited talent he has at his disposal.
I swapped a few thoughts with my old mucka Dan from The Tilehurst End blog this week, so here’s the Reading perspective:
Since meeting on Boxing Day, precious little has changed for Reading. Sure Nick Blackman’s gone for close to £4 million and is now showing Derby fans why for 2 1/2 years Reading fans thought him useless but style and substance wise it’s as you were.
Yann Kermorgant has also pitched up to replace Orlando Sa so that’s an upgrade but it’s still a team hoping that Matej Vydra comes good to win us games and while he’s done that with six FA Cup goals in three games, we’re yet to see him explode into life on the Championship stage.
While we’ve not won away from home since September, at the Madejski we’re pretty hard to beat and have won 4 of 6 home games since Brian McDermott returned.
Every one of his eight fixtures home or away have been settled by a single goal or less and I can see that pattern repeating itself on Saturday.
Still, I think we’ll have enough in the tank to squeak out a win so I’ll go for a 1-0 Reading win.
This would be my team tomorrow based on what’s currently available:
Although Kenny said we played 442 against Bolton, it never really felt that way to me. Joe Mason wandered around in the spaces Dave Edwards would normally occupy and Sigurdarson was often isolated.
With Tommy Rowe the only outlet down the left, we were then heavily reliant on RvLP to create from the opposite flank and after a good performance at QPR he failed to reproduce.
James Henry must play, if only for the reason he’s our top goalscorer (7) and on his day – a match winner. Much like RvLP he can be a wildcard but right now he feels integral.
I also don’t feel Siggy is quite sharp enough yet to carry the burden of leading the line. Le Fondre hasn’t impressed me but maybe we should give him a run of four or five games to see if he can produce the form he’s shown for pretty much every other club he’s played for?
Not feeling overly confident about our immediate prospects, so think this one will be a defeat.
As Dan says, they’ve been solid at the Mad Stad this season and I think they’ve got the players to hurt us.
We’re a better team away from Molineux though and if we can play with the drive and tenacity we showed in the second half at Loftus Road, we won’t make it easy.
Up The Wolves!