Wednesday, November 10, 2010

I'll take that: Reading 1-1 City

A point away at Reading after defeat by the Jacks on Sunday? I'll take that, especially as QPR only drew last night and the Jacks were beaten at home tonight by Bristol City.

That leaves us still second by a point, a four clear of the Swans in 3rd.

I had wanted to make the trip to Reading today, but a combination of it being the boy's 16th birthday (we'd both love to have gone, but I'm not sure 'er indoors would have been happy to see us disappearing down the M4 on his 16th), plus he's got a very important GCSE type science exam first thing tomorrow and we wouldn't have been back until after midnight, meant we didn't bother.

By all accounts looking at live text and various Twitter sources from the Madjeski, it was a scrappy affair. The Royals went ahead as early as the 4th minute, and it took City until the 77th to level it through goal machine Jay Bothroyd.

Manager Dave Jones has come in for some enormous criticism about Sunday's team selection and his alleged tactical naivety since Sunday's derby loss, and has reacted angrily in the media. Today he apparently labelled some of the media "bufoons".

He also made a number of changes for tonight's match. Out went Bellamy, Drinkwater, McNaughton, Keogh and Gyepes, and in came Bothroyd, Burke, Blake, Matthews and McPhail.

With 5 changes it's not surprising City were a bit disjointed, and a draw is therefore probably a pretty decent return, especially give how other teams in and around us have fared over the last two nights.

It's a long trip to Glanford Park on Saturday for a date with Scunthorpe, and with QPR and us have stuttered (but not stalled) in the last couple of matches, we'll be looking for a maximum return.

C'mon City, let's put some clear blue water between us and third spot.


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