With a two-goal lead at half-time, Reading were cruising to an away win at relegated Premier League side Bournemouth. It was a game that was only there for the losing – something Velko Paunovic’s side managed to do over 45 second-half minutes.

Goals by Lucas Joao (pen 4′) and Sone Aluko (43′) had given the visiting Royals a solid base at the half-time whistle. It should have been a second-half display of calmness and level-headedness as the Reading soaked up ever-desperate Bournemouth attacks. It wasn’t.

Bournemouth came out willing to make a fist of it and shoing more than a degree of fighting spirit. A brace of close-together goals from Dominic Solanke (56′) and Arnaut Danjuma (59′) drew the Cherries level and from there they moved on.

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Two further goals from Lewis Cook (77′), his first for the club, and a second from Dominic Solanke (89′) rounded off an excellent half of football from an impressive Bournemouth side whilst, for Reading, it was a 45-minute spell of football they’d rather forget.

After opening their 2020/21 Championship campaigns with an unbeaten eight-game stretch, today’s loss to Bournemouth was their fourth, successive reverse. These four games have seen them concede 13 goals and score just four times themselves.

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It was a half of football that Reading fans were NOT happy with. Many of these unhappy reactions can be seen over on Twitter. Here’s a sample of what some of them have been saying.


Will Reading continue to slide or right the ship once more?

Continue to slide.

Slippy slope downwards.

Right the ship.

Be stead away, soon.