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The seasons 3 biggest under achievers and the forgotten winger all finally turn up when the beach is in sight.

Footballers are a bunch of soft arses they really are.

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Just now, RevidgeBlue said:

Lot of goals about today apart from in most of  the games with anything riding on them.  Real end of season affairs.

What might have been with a half decent manager in charge.

And a goalkeeper.

And a board. And a CEO. And a plan. And an owner. And.... Ooh, I can't go on.

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Well done Tony Mowbray. We wanted to see the youngsters and he let us see some.

I was delighted to see how well we were playing towards the end. Glad to see Chapman has improved since I last saw him. The youngsters seemed to enjoy playing together and gave us a glimpse of what we can expect next season. Jack Vale looks good.

Bring 'em on Tony. the future is bright with these lads.

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Plenty of talking points in that game. Carter looks more than ready, shame for Vale hitting the bar, and Nyambe showed his Premier League qualities in the 90th minute with a hospital pass to Lenihan immediately followed by standing by gormlessly watching a ball that was never going to go out.

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Just now, bazza said:

Well done Tony Mowbray. We wanted to see the youngsters and he let us see some.

I was delighted to see how well we were playing towards the end. Glad to see Chapman has improved since I last saw him. The youngsters seemed to enjoy playing together and gave us a glimpse of what we can expect next season. Jack Vale looks good.

Bring 'em on Tony. the future is bright with these lads.

mate,you don`t get down to ewood much then!!!!!!!!????

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The entertainers - free flowing football, lots of goals, 3 points, what more can you ask for?

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Obviously can't be reading too much into games like this, but Buckley showed that he has talent. Big progress from the little boy in his couple of showings. 

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Buckley’s first touch and close control are excellent.

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Very gratifying win today, young guys playing well in seemingly l meaningless games. Obviously it meant something to them!

also, good for BB & SG. Strong show, lads!

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Carter very composed and done his job well, Lenihan was beaten twice for both Reading goals which he would usually win, very promising showing 

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According to sky sports stats, since the restart the opposition have had 36 shots on target and we have conceded 15 goals, we’ve let in 42% of shots on target, it’s really poor.

Ta ta and good luck Walton 

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2 minutes ago, Fraserkirky said:

Buckley’s first touch and close control are excellent.

Pity Travis’s are not🤬🤬

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3 minutes ago, Fraserkirky said:

Buckley’s first touch and close control are excellent.

A given for a professional footballer, no?

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Hayden Carter- only one misplaced pass all game. His distribution looked at least as good as Tosin and you cannot say higher than that. Great debut.

Walton is the problem for me. All three goals for Reading were stoppable but he doesn't inspire and that is a contributing factor for defensive mess ups.

Yet again Rankin-Costello looks immensely promising all over the park.

Holtby and Rothwell both had great games.

Liked the look of all the subs and good to see Brereton and Gallagher on the score sheet.

If we have funds, a proper keeper and a proper manager please,

Luton's late winner going to make Wednesday fun.

Mowbray has to keep true to Armstrong Rothwell and Holtby who will relish running at a nervous defence. Chapman and Vale definitely deserve much more game time. Would be tempted to start Buckley ahead of johnson. Travis again outstanding.

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Just now, philipl said:

Walton is the problem for me. All three goals for Reading were stoppable but he doesn't inspire and that is a contributing factor for defensive mess ups.

Lads out of his depth philip - needs replacing asap.

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2 minutes ago, Sparks Rover said:

A given for a professional footballer, no?

Not sure if you've seen many our players play before, but you'd be surprised 😂

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It's a shame for Walton as before lockdown he was playing fairly well, but post-Lockdown he has reverted to early season Walton and been a huge liability. He should not be coming back here next season I'm afraid. 

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I sent a text to my No2 son asking him if it was a good game - He said " Haha,  we made it hard work as usual. All the kids look great. A new manager and we could be contenders ".

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A thrilling game showcasing the best and worst of us. And ultimately goals and performances from individuals typically after when we needed them, but aided by a system that suits them.

Frighteningly feeble at the back. Start off with the absolutely hapless goalkeeper. The sooner he goes the better. Nyambe I dont think was at his absolute best. Nor Lenihan. Carter looked a little better but obviously not ideal to concede 3 v a shocking side om debut. Rankin Costello looks like he has something but hes not a left back or indeed a full back as we saw for their third goal even though the primary fault went to Travis. We need an overhaul (again) back there, left back, at least one centre back and a keeper and some bollocks, will we get it in this economic climate with this manager? I doubt it.

Travis wasnt at his best, at fault for a goal and sloppy on occasion. Johnson was ok, not the best on the ball but gavd us a bit of experience.

Beyond that, amidst a formation that suited the players, much more promise. Armstrong is undoubtedly the main one, he and Dack are the 2 first names on the teamsheet in those areas. Beyond that, Holtby is the next one youd go to. That role off the right suited him, constantly between the lines. Rothwell has picked up again, we needed more of this far more often but deserved his goal and assist. Chapman with a superb cameo showing what WINGERS can do, wonderful assist and the play to go on a run to set up Nyambe (until Gallagher blocked him) was sublime. Give him a start midweek. Buckley was ok too but should have gone for goal, Vale quiet but could have had a dream debut. Rankin Costello a big option further forward. We dont need to keep hold of Samuel and Graham.

And now to the 12m duo. Brereton much better, a performance similar to the Bolton one. Got a goal early, bright and involved although second half his end product was wrong a few times, couple of poor finishes and picked the wrong ball initially and then mishit the second one ruining a counter attack. Gallagher spent far too much time wide, Mowbray insisted no doubt. Then when hes between the sticks he scores a very good header. Never have him wide, but great to get a goal.

So we need some bloody consistency tactically and we need some reliability and solidity in net and in defence. I doubt we will get either. 

 

 

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Just now, Gav said:

Lads out of his depth philip - needs replacing asap.

I could count on the fingers of one hand the top class saves he's made this season. With Raya you'd be on to about 15 to 20 by now.

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1 minute ago, Tyrone Shoelaces said:

I sent a text to my No2 son asking him if it was a good game - He said " Haha,  we made it hard work as usual. All the kids look great. A new manager and we could be contenders ".

Can you send him another text and ask him if he's been in the boozer all afternoon :P

Edited by Gav

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