The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

READ­ING ar­rived at Ful­ham as the league’s form team with five straight league wins, con­ced­ing only once.

But stats can de­ceive, the Roy­als hav­ing also won just five of their last ten in all com­pe­ti­tions.

None­the­less, it was still sur­pris­ing to see an in­con­sis­tent Ful­ham dis­man­tle Read­ing so thoroughly, barely al­low­ing the vis­i­tors a shot on goal.

Read­ing did them­selves no favours, al­low­ing Chris Martin far too much space for Ful­ham’s sec­ond min­utes be­fore Danny Wil­liams lashed out as they blew their chances in ten min­utes af­ter the restart.

Read­ing man­ager Jaap Stam’s mid­week talk of it be­ing “very hard to end up in the top ten” seemed overly cau­tious.

But now that as­ser­tion seems rather pre­scient.

He will never have been so un­happy to be so right.

As for Ful­ham, if they can back this up over the fes­tive pe­riod and dis­cover some con­sis­tency a play-off place may not be be­yond them.

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