Are Reading FC back on track after Coventry City win?By Jonny Fordham
November 01, 2009
Have Reading at last turned the corner after their most complete and confident performance of the season at the Ricoh Arena?
I think so. Brendan Rodgers looks to have found that winning formula on the pitch after 15 games and for the moment his preferred 4-2-3-1 formation has been relegated to the subs bench in favour of the 4-4-2.
Rodgers has done endless tinkering this season, using 26 players in the process, but now the team is beginning to pick itself, almost like it did during the Steve Coppell era.
Jobi McAnuff was pure class and Grzegorz Rasiak showed clinical finishing for his two goals in Reading’s third win of the season.
Simon Church was unlucky not to get on the score sheet and his movement had Ben Turner and Martin Cranie in all kinds of trouble at the back for Coventry.
Rodgers has clearly had a word with Marek Matejovsky on the standards that he expects as the Czech play-maker got stuck in and covered plenty of ground as well as also trying his trade-mark passes to unlock the Coventry back four.
Jay Tabb was also a stand-out performer against his old club, out of position at right-back, but clearly thriving on being back in favour.
Shaun Cummings looks to be destined for a place on the bench for a little while longer yet.
I don’t want to take anything away from Reading’s performance, but Coventry were in all honesty poor and their fans were by far the least vocal I have seen in this league.
The Sky Blues had won just once in their last seven before the weekend and look to have hit a blip right now. But Reading still had to go to the Midlands and capitalise on that.
Coventry weren’t going to be a push-over and for 15 minutes of the second-half, caused Reading a few scares winning corner after corner, but Royals held strong.
Their heads stayed up after Freddie Eastwood’s stunning 25-yard drive into the bottom of Adam Federici’s goal to pull one back, and that strength of character is something Royals have yet to show this season.
There’s definitely been some words said amongst the group from Rodgers who has been let down by his players on too many occasions.
There’s still a long way to go, but this result is a great victory to build on ahead of the Ipswich game at the Madejski Stadium this Saturday.
Seventeenth time lucky perhaps!