Five of the best moments from the FA Cup fourth round weekend The FA Cup fourth round has provided us with some memorable moments thus far, including a shock result, a corker of a goal from an unlikely source, and a moving tribute. And we’ve still got Arsenal versus Bournemouth on Monday night to come. Here’s the best of what we’ve seen so far: Shrewsbury’s magical comeback …
FA Cup Fourth Round: Team of the Week Another enthralling weekend of FA Cup action saw Premier League leaders Liverpool survive a huge scare to emerge from League One Shrewsbury with a replay, though there were no such concerns for Manchester United who thrashed third-tier opposition in Tranmere at Prenton Park. Holders Manchester City also advanced in comfortable style, though West Ham and …
Merseyside Derby the pick of the FA Cup third round draw The third round of the FA Cup was drawn in full on Monday. Liverpool will host Everton in the pick of the third round draw for the oldest cup competition in world football. The Merseyside Derby will come at a pivotal point in the season for the Reds, who are challenging for the Premier League …
Five clubs to suffer the most defeats in Premier League history Winners are often celebrated in football, fans revelling in the success of the great sides and the Premier League is certainly no different. You’ll no doubt have heard Manchester United fans gloat about their 20 league titles, whilst Liverpool’s six European Cups is regular taunt towards opposition fans. However, we’ve decided to look back on …
The seven best starts to a Premier League season by newly promoted clubs Such is the difference in quality between the Premier League and English football’s second tier, the three promoted clubs perennially start amongst the favourites for the drop ahead of the new season. There are, however, exceptions to every rule and Wolves’ seventh-placed finish last season showed that clubs are capable of handling the step up. Sheffield …
Why Leeds United must make a move for Reading’s Andy Rinomhota Back in December 2019, the Football Insider (h/t Berkshire Live) claimed that Leeds United are keeping tabs on Reading midfielder Andy Rinomhota. However, the Whites didn’t make a move for the midfielder during the January transfer window. Andy Rinomhota, 22, won Reading’s Player of […] More
Leeds United Prediction: Probable XI to face Reading Leeds United welcome Mark Bowen’s Reading at Elland Road on Saturday aiming to make it back-to-back wins in the Championship. The Whites’ home form has been one of the positives this season, which has seen Marcelo Bielsa’s side keep the pressure on league leaders West Brom heading […] More
West Bromwich Albion Prediction: Probable XI to face Reading West Brom will be looking to extend their lead at the top of the Championship when they travel to Madejski Stadium to face Reading on Wednesday. The Baggies registered a 2-0 victory over Millwall in the last game. They are currently four points clear of second-placed […] More
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It seems that defender Matt Miazga has quite the career decision in front of him. This Chelsea loanee has meant quite a lot to the Royals this season. Some would even argue he has helped Reading avoid relegation. However, while he has definitely been of assistance in achieving this mission — his future is uncertain […] More
Stuart Dallas saves Leeds from defeat against bottom side Luton
Brentford keep pressure on top two with fourth successive win
The Championship leaders Leeds needed a Stuart Dallas equaliser to earn a point against the division’s bottom side Luton. Harry Cornick gave the visitors the lead early in the second half with a superb strike to spark hope of a shock victory at Elland Road.
However, 13 minutes later Dallas calmly slotted past Simon Sluga in the Luton goal to secure a draw that extends Leeds’ lead over West Brom at the top to four points – Albion face Sheffield Wednesday on Wednesday.
Helder Costa has a golden opportunity to head in a winner in the sixth minute of stoppage-time but leaders Leeds have to make do with a point. Marcelo Bielsa’s side move four points clear of West Brom, five clear of Brentford. Luton, meanwhile, drop to the foot of the division but are just two points from safety with six enormous matches to play. They have a fighting chance!
Leeds are pushing for a winner at Elland Road! Jamie Shackleton has replaced goalscorer Dallas, who appeared to be clutching his hamstring as he left the field. Can Luton hold on for a point?
A humbling defeat for Stoke and Michael O’Neill, with two Jack Butland errors and screamer from Kal Naismith earning Wigan a sixth win in seven matches, a quite extraordinary run of form that has hoisted them eight points clear of the relegation zone. Stoke teeter a point above the relegation zone with six games to play.
Dallas goes close to doubling his and Leeds’ tally – and here comes Ian Poveda, who will be given a run-out off the bench. Can he find a winner? Six added minutes at Elland Road.
Five minutes to go at Elland Road, and even less at Wigan, who are cruising to victory against a Stoke team in all sorts of trouble. Luton are having to contend with waves of Leeds’ attacks.
“Butland has been responsible for a staggering amount of goals this season,” emails Joshua Reynolds. “Maybe Joe Hart is available? ... ” Indeed, here’s what Hart had to say to the BBC this week. “I am under no illusions that Real Madrid are [not] going to knock my door down, get [Thibaut] Courtois out and bring me in. But there is plenty more to come from me,” Hart said. “I just need someone to believe in me and I will repay that faith.”
Leeds go close – but Patrick Bamford brushes the side-netting! Alioski crossed from the left, Bamford took it on first time and almost pounced. Might we see Poveda?
Leeds are gunning for victory but Luton, too, haven’t given up hope of taking victory away from Elland Road, with striker and top scorer James Collins introduced a few moments ago. Elsewhere, Stoke have made a raft of changes, with Michael O’Neill presumably fuming at his side’s defending. Nathan Collins, Ryan Shawcross and Stephen Ward have been hauled off. James Chester, Tommy Smith and Bruno Martins Indi enter. Just as well no Stoke fans are there to see it ... an abysmal performance, littered with individual errors, none more so than those by Butland.
A worldie in every sense of the word. The substitute drives inside on to his left foot and then lets fly ... and it zooms into the corner.
From bad to worse for Stoke and Michael O’Neill. And it is another blooper from Jack Butland, who fails to deal with a hanging cross. England goalkeepers have form for high-profile errors but his fall from grace rivals the best of them.
Ah, hang on a minute ... Leeds level. The substitute Pablo Hernández, two minutes after coming on, works the ball to Alioski and he feeds Dallas, who calmly slots home.
Nathan Jones has certainly breathed life into Luton, whose chief executive, Gary Sweet, warned they needed “to hit the ground sprinting” if they had any chance of staying up. If they eke out another victory at Elland Road this evening, they would have taken seven points from the last available nine:
Well, then: bottom-of-the-table Luton lead top-of-the-table Leeds. It can only be the Championship ... meanwhile Wigan still lead Stoke with half-hour to play but Michael O’Neill has made changes. Lee Gregory and Tyrese Campbell came on a few minutes ago, in place of Jordan Thompson and Tom Ince.
Half-time sub Harry Cornick makes an instant impact. A wonderful strike by the former Bournemouth man, who curls a beauty into the corner. As a pointless aside, Cornick, who attended Poole Grammar school, got the better of on-loan Ben White, who went to Queen Elizabeth’s school up the road in Wimborne.
Leeds are back under way at Elland Road! And Marcelo Bielsa has tweaked things at the interval, with the substitute Gaetano Berardi replaced by Ezgjan Alioski, who celebrated victory over Fulham last weekend by thanking the 15,000 ‘crowdies’.
Stoke are in a real hole at half-time. They made six changes this evening – but Michael O’Neill must be tempted to ring the changes at the interval. They trail to Wigan and are in grave danger of being sucked into the relegation zone. “There was a brief period of hope when O’Neill took over but that has evaporated,” emails Joshua Reynolds. “We are Sunderland without the TV series.”
Leeds 0-0 Luton Wigan 1-0 Stoke
Some soundbites from earlier results. “In every department Brentford were stronger than us,” says Reading’s manager, Mark Bowen. “We didn’t lay a glove on them all night.” Elsewhere, the Barnsley boss Gerhard Struber is feeling understandably chirpy. “We are still in the relegation zone, but the change is our very good mindset,” he says. And in the top flight, Manchester United lead ...
Stoke are in real trouble, aren’t they? For Jack Butland that was, what they call in the business, an almighty clanger:
Cyrus Christie’s screamer from distance settles it.
Kieran Dowell shoots from the byline and – somehow – drills it beyond the Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland, who will not want to see that again. Ever. “As a Stoke fan I’m not sure what stage of the five stages of grief I’m in right now but it’s not acceptance, sadly,” emails Joshua Reynolds. “Probably denial.”
QPR rattle the crossbar! Ryan Mannings heads against the bar from a corner. Rodak had no chance with it but it cannons off the woodwork. We are into second-half stoppage-time at Loftus Road but elsewhere, Kal Naismith has replaced Michael Jacobs, whose had to go off injured for Wigan v Stoke.
Up at Leeds, Bielsa is barking at his players and the drinks break provides another opportunity to get instructions on. Luton had a header at goal saved. Meanwhile Barnsley’s form should be of real concern to those around them, having won five of their past seven. Their next three games? Stoke, Luton and Wigan.
A rocket from Cyrus Christie. After a fairly underwhelming team performance, Christie lights up the game at Loftus Road by hammering in from distance. A big goal that might just keep Fulham in the hunt for automatic promotion.
Helder Costa volleys over for Leeds at Elland Road! Tyler Roberts also went close a moment ago and Leeds have had a couple of early half-chances but Nathan Jones’s Luton, who drop to bottom after Barnsley’s win, are looking pretty compact.
Another cracking result for Lee Bowyer’s Charlton. Elsewhere, a blow for Leeds, whose captain, Liam Cooper, has been forced off 13 minutes in against Luton. He has been replaced by Gaetano Berardi after failing to shake off a back injury.
A priceless win in Barnsley’s fight for survival, with Chaplin and Brown striking to condemn Blackburn to a disappointing defeat.
Mbeumo, Dasilva and Valencia strike as Thomas Frank’s free-scoring side cruise to a fourth successive victory. They move within two points of West Brom, who take on Sheffield Wednesday tomorrow before hosting Hull on Sunday.
Game over. Joel Valencia lashes in from 20 yards.
Peeeeeeeeeeep! They’re under way at Leeds, where Marcelo Bielsa’s side host Luton, and Wigan, where Stoke are the visitors. Barnsley’s form continues to wreak havoc for Stoke and co.
That second Barnsley goal is very bad news for a number of clubs in the muck, notably Hull, Huddersfield, Stoke and Middlesbrough, even if Neil Warnock will surely work his magic there ...
An extraordinary few minutes at Oakwell and an outrageously composed finish by Jacob Brown. Barnsley are heading for three h-u-g-e points! Blackburn are heading for successive defeats.
Ben Brereton has made an immediate impact: the Blackburn forward has been sent off within a couple of minutes of coming on. It’s not clear why – a possible stamp – but, purely by coincidence, the referee is Tony Harrington, who failed to spot Aleksandar Mitrovic’s elbow on Ben White last weekend ...
Er, Blackburn have just made a
quadruple change at Oakwell, where they trail 1-0. Ben Brereton, Danny Graham, Jacob Davenport and Sam Gallagher replace Dominic Samuel, Adam Armstrong, Joe Rothwell and Lewis Holtby. Elsewhere, Charlton’s Dillon Phillips saves well to prevent Albert Adomah from nudging Cardiff in front. Hang on a minute, more drama at Barnsley ...
Brentford are breathing down West Brom’s necks now – victory would take them to within two points of Slaven Bilic’s side. Neither Cardiff or Charlton have registered a shot on target in south Wales with half-hour left to play. A late change for Luton at Elland Road. Glen Rea misses out having been named as a starter. Martin Cranie steps in and Jacob Butterfield comes on to the bench.
Josh Dasilva, who was brilliant without scoring in victory over West Brom on Friday, doubles Brentford’s advantage at the Madejski.
Chaplin has been mustard since Struber took charge in November; that’s his 13th goal of the season and his 12th since the Austrian’s arrival. There is a reason the 23-year-old made the below list:
That is a huge goal, and one that keeps the great escape alive for a Barnsley team rejuvenated under Gerhard Struber. Chaplin has particularly blossomed under Struber and, within seconds of stepping off the bench, the former Portsmouth forward heads home to open the scoring. That goal takes them to within one point of safety. Elsewhere, it’s QPR 1-1 Fulham at half-time.
Rhian Brewster speaks after helping Swansea to a point:
I’m disappointed we didn’t come away with the three points but we take the one and we move on to Sheffield Wednesday [on Sunday]. Against Luton we were very, very poor and that set the mood for the whole weekend. We worked a lot harder today, we ran a lot harder and we take the point and move on. I want to hopefully get promoted, that’s the aim, I don’t know if I’m going to be here next year, or with Liverpool next year, but I just want to finish the season strong. Big congratulations to the boys – they fully deserved it – and I know they are not going to dwell on being champions and they will try to win every game between now and the end of the season. I know what they are like.”
Stoke travel to Wigan tonight in what is a massive game. They head into it a point above the relegation zone, while Wigan could not be in better form, having won five of their past six matches, as well as keeping clean sheets in all of those. “There is a lot at stake for both teams,” said manager Michael O’Neill, who has made six changes. Nathan Collins, Ryan Shawcross, Stephen Ward, Jordan Cousins, Tom Ince and Sam Vokes come into the side, while Nick Powell is suspended against his former club. “They will be coming into the game knowing they are a victory, or a couple of victories away from securing their own Championship future.”
Rhian Brewster’s free-kick – officially a Bartosz Bialkowski own goal – cancels out Mason Bennett’s opener. That result doesn’t do a lot for either side. Millwall – winless since the restart – stay in mid-table, while Swansea are three points off the play-offs, though Cardiff could stretch that gap with victory over Charlton.
Scott Parker’s side level things up. Arter, the manager’s brother-in-law, wallops a left-footed effort at goal from 20 yards and it squeezes beyond Liam Kelly at the near post. The QPR goalkeeper will not want to see it again. That’s Arter’s first league goal since he scored for Bournemouth against Huddersfield in November 2017.
Millwall rattle a post! With less than a couple of minutes to go, Murray Wallace sends a header against a post. Millwall are asking questions of Swansea as stoppage-time approaches. Matt Smith is also on for Gary Rowett’s side. Can they find a winner?
Team news at Elland Road: Leeds are unchanged, with Pablo Hernández again on the bench after injury. Robbie Gotts also returns to the bench for Marcelo Bielsa’s side. Meanwhile Luton make four changes, with Danny Hylton among those to start. Callum McManaman, James Bree and Ryan Tunnicliffe replace James Collins, Elliot Lee, Harry Cornick and Jacob Butterfield.
Concern for Swansea and Ben Wilmot, the Watford defender who went to ground smacking the pitch in agony. After a period of treatment, Wilmot was back up and moving but has since hobbled off. His knee seemed to be buckle in an innocuous coming together. Swansea, manager Steve Cooper confirmed, are already likely to be without Wales defender Joe Rodon for the rest of the season. Marc Guehi, the Chelsea loanee, is on in Wilmot’s place.
Millwall go close to taking the lead! Murray Wallace arrives unmarked at the back post but heads just wide. Swansea get off the hook. Elsewhere, the QPR goal will doubtless have been gladly received by West Brom, and Leeds, who kick-off against Luton in an hour’s time. Fulham are sliding down the table as it stands ...
QPR are piping crowd noise into the stadium and, within 50 seconds, it had the desired effect, with Hugill rising above Tim Ream to nod in. Elsewhere, Cabango collides with Tom Bradshaw on the edge of the box and Millwall are adamant it’s a foul. They are incensed but, even if it was given, it would have been a free-kick.
A blistering start at Loftus Road. Not what Fulham had planned.
That is Brewster’s seventh strike since joining on loan from Liverpool in January – and what a priceless goal it could prove. Saying that, a draw does neither Millwall or Swansea too many favours in their pursuit of the play-offs. Elsewhere, Cardiff are being kept at bay by Lee Bowyer’s Charlton, who have won their past two matches. Robert Glatzel has been promoted to the starting lineup after scoring in his last two matches. Marlon Pack and Mendez-Laing are also in from the off.
A beautiful free-kick! Stunning strike. The Liverpool loanee takes aim from 20 yards and curls a right-footed shot beyond Bartosz Bialkowski, who couldn’t keep it out. It was not in the very corner but the power took it past the Millwall goalkeeper.
A corner is kept alive and Mbeumo heads in from close range! Brentford are back at full strength, with Mbeumo returning to the starting lineup to complete their exhilarating “BMW” attack, which also comprises Ollie Watkins and Saïd Benrahma:
Not an awful lot to report around the grounds, as Millwall continue to keep Swansea at arm’s length. Bersant Celina, who was left out last weekend, has replaced Yan Dhanda, once of Liverpool, approaching the hour mark. The Queen is in attendance at the Den:
Let’s get stuck straight in, with Swansea already trailing at Millwall in the (even eerier) 5pm kick-off courtesy of a Mason Bennett goal on the counter-attack. Swansea came close to an equaliser through Rhian Brewster, only for Jake Cooper to clear off the line, but they need to turn things around in the second half if they are to stay in the mix for the play-offs. As for Millwall, that three points would be most welcome after a fairly disappointing restart for Gary Rowett and co. And yes, there are another six matches – including league leaders Leeds v Luton – to come this evening. Reading warmed up for their match with Brentford with a poignant tribute to those who lost their lives in the Forbury Gardens terror attack 10 days ago. We will be keeping an eye on the following matches:
Former Reading player educates footballers about dangers of gambling and fears the impact Covid-19 shutdown could have
It is almost five years since Scott Davies last placed a bet. Losing everything on the 6.30 at Goodwood led him to the brink of ending his life and, ultimately, to seek help for a crippling addiction that put paid to his promising career as a professional footballer.
“It was 8 June 2015,” he says, with total recall. “For the first time in my life I got scared and that was when I first reached out to my parents.” In nine years he lost about £250,000, plus £50,000 of his parents’ money, after gambling 80-90% of his wages. These days, he educates players about the dangers of gambling on behalf of Epic risk management, gambling harm-minimisation consultants.
Sheffield United are gathering momentum that could change them beyond recognition but the wonder of their rise is that so many of those instrumental to it have known days when none of this seemed remotely possible.
Billy Sharp rejoined them for a third spell five years ago and his metronomic ability to plunder goals seemed in vain given United immediately finished 11th in the third tier. So there is plenty to celebrate in the fact that, in the winter of his career and with the picture so different, he remains capable of popping up with contributions that could matter profoundly.
Barnsley and Wigan secure timely wins at the bottom
Aleksandar Mitrovic left it late to ensure Fulham maintained their promotion challenge with a 1-0 win against Swansea, having missed a penalty minutes earlier.
The Serbia striker connected with Aboubakar Kamara’s right-wing cross four minutes into injury time to deliver his side’s first win in four games and boost their hopes of breaking into the top two. But a few minutes earlier it appeared as though he would be the villain when he was denied from the spot by the goalkeeper Freddie Woodman after Neeskens Kebano had gone down under a challenge from Connor Roberts.
A preview of the weekend’s trip to Kenilworth Road
Our hosts this weekend, Luton Town, sit at the foot of the Sky Bet Championship table. But the return of Nathan Jones to the hotseat over the enforced break has seen a rejuvenated Hatters side take five points since the restart – beating Swansea and forcing draws from promotion-hunters Leeds and Preston.
Historical Transfer News and Team Gossip has been archived below:
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 14:44:52 +0000: Ajax midfielder Clement joins Reading - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Reading | BBC Dutch attacking midfielder Pelle Clement joins Reading on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee from Ajax.
Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:20:33 +0000: Peterborough sign Royals keeper Bond - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Reading | BBC League One side Peterborough sign goalkeeper Jonathan Bond on a six-month loan from Reading.
Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:06:31 +0000: Shrewsbury Town sign Jules and Adams - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Reading | BBC Shrewsbury Town sign Reading defender Zak Jules for an undisclosed fee and Ebou Adams on loan from Norwich.
Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:45:02 +0000: Lech Poznan loan for Reading's Rakels - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Reading | BBC Reading forward Deniss Rakels agrees a season-long loan deal with Lech Poznan in Poland.
Mon, 26 Jun 2017 08:47:53 +0000: Luton sign Reading full-back Stacey - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Reading | BBC League Two side Luton Town sign right-back Jack Stacey from Reading for undisclosed terms on a two-year deal.
Newly promoted Reading have been scouting out many possible additions to their squad for next season with manager Brian McDermott having a large number of possible targets he wishes to bring to the Madjeski for the season kick off in August. The Royals manager has stated he would like to reinforce in all departments for next season with a mixture of new and experienced players.
Reading have just offered a contract to up and coming high flying goal keeper Stuart Taylor after the player
enjoyed a successful trial spell at the club in recent weeks. The Royals have been looking for a long term replacement in the goal keeping department for some time and look set to make Taylor the man to do the job as long as the club and the player can agree personal terms before the season kicks off.
Goal keeper Mikkel Anderson looks like he will be heading in the other direction to Portsmouth this summer after the club decided they wished to sign Taylor to replace him and Pompey manager Appleton is extremely keen on the young goal keeper. The southern club have offered to take the player on loan for the season but Reading seem coy on this idea as they would much prefer to dispense with his services on a permanent deal but as of yet both clubs are unable to reach an agreement on the situation so the drama continues.
Young Watford starlet Adrian Mariappa is the first signing of the summer for the Royals as he has just arrived on a three year deal from the London club. The talented Jamaican international central defender is a great addition to the Royals squad and McDermott believes the player will offer them a new dimension in the heart of their defence for next season.
Another player who looks all set to arrive at the Madjeski this summer is Nottingham Forest full back Chris Gunter who has been a long term target of the club for some time. The Welsh international has been out of favour at Forest for the better part of last season and now is keen and excited to the prospect of life in the premier league and the deal looks all set to go through within the next couple of weeks as long as the player agrees personal terms and passes the clubs medical.
In recent weeks there has been growing speculation that the Royals have been enquiring about gaining the services of Jermain Defoe from Tottenham after the striker endured a bit part season last year for his home club. Defoes chances in the first team were extremely limited and now the striker may look elsewhere to ply his trade if talks with the club break down this summer which will leave the door right open for the Royals to bring the player to the Madjeski.