It is commonly known that statistics never tell the whole story, and Reading are currently a perfect example. The stats may show that we have not lost in four games, but unfortunately we also haven’t won either, as Saturday saw another line in the draw column.
Yet again a lack of fire power proved to be the undoing as no-one managed to get on the end of one of the THIRTY THREE crosses into the box.
At the moment it is difficult to see where the goals are going to come from.
Despite failing again to turn a draw into a win there were actually some positive stats to come out of the game.
Finally, a clean sheet was recorded, a first since a 4-0 win against Burnley six games ago with 11 goals conceded in that time. Saturday also saw the much welcomed home return of Jimmy Kebe, and the debut of Mikele Leigertwood.
Kebe’s recovery from injury couldn’t have been better timed, as his introduction to the game came with our best spell. Hopefully he can regain his pre-injury form, as a fit Jimmy Kebe could be the answer to our lack of firepower (and even if not, his ability to transform games and entertain the fans is always a bonus).
As for Leigertwood’s debut, Brian McDermott has insisted the defensive player is here to help with the attacking problems, and whilst only time will show if his gamble works a clean sheet is a good start.
After all, no-one has lost with a clean sheet. And the loan itself makes sense for the club, it seems very much a ‘try before you buy’ type of deal.
With his current loan from QPR due to end just before the transfer window shuts, I’m sure if he is successful the club will push to sign him. If things don’t work out here at least the club loose nothing. In the short term his presence also brings age and experience to the squad, something that is very needed as we look for a win.
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