BELOW PAR BUT THEY’RE ON THE MEND
YOU cannot change the past but you can erase bad memories quickly and Reading managed to do that despite a lacklustre home performance against a promotion rival.
A five-goal defeat at Fulham a week earlier had ended the Royals’ run of five straight victories but the weakness of those beaten opponents was put into perspective by a well-organised Sheffield Wednesday side which had barely a handful of nervous moments in defence for the whole 90 minutes.
And the fact that the first goal they conceded took a wicked deflection off defender Jack Hunt will be some consolation for Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal.
However, after the defeat he must have words with his players about the six yellow cards they picked up.
And the league will surely view footage of the second-half melee and consider whether some of the cards handed to both sides by referee Tony Harrington should be retrospectively altered to red ones.