‘It looks like we’re our own big­gest op­po­nents’

Ip­swich Town 2 Read­ing 0

The Wokingham Paper - - SPORT - By TOM CROCKER tcrocker@wok­ing­ham­pa­per.co.uk

JOEY VAN DEN BERG says Read­ing are be­com­ing their own worst en­e­mies af­ter see­ing their un­beaten run end at Ip­swich.

Roy­als had not lost in five, but gave them­selves a moun­tain to climb at Port­man Road af­ter goals in the first 27 min­utes from Cal­lum Con­nolly and Joe Gar­ner.

And while the vis­i­tors dom­i­nated pos­ses­sion, they rarely trou­bled Ip­swich goal­keeper Bar­tosz Bialkowski through­out the con­test as they slipped to de­feat.

“It’s a very dis­ap­point­ing re­sult, es­pe­cially in how we con­ceded the goals,” said mid­fielder van den Berg.

“It looks like we’re our own big­gest op­po­nents and that’s very frus­trat­ing.

“If you con­cede quick goals like that, it’s so hard to play. We could play un­til next Christ­mas and if we keep con­ced­ing goals like that, we’ll never win a game.

“It means you have to score two, three or four and that’s not how you want to play.

“It’s like the be­gin­ning of the sea­son when we kept con­ced­ing stupid goals, es­pe­cially from set pieces.

“We need to get the so­lu­tion quickly be­cause it’s killing us at the mo­ment.”

Hav­ing named an un­changed side for four games in a row, Jaap Stam made one switch with Tyler Black­ett pre­ferred to Liam Kelly as Le­an­dro Ba­cuna moved into mid­field.

But just three min­utes in, Read­ing found them­selves be­hind. Af­ter Ba­cuna lost out, Ip­swich broke and played a neat one-two around van den Berg be­fore Con­nolly fired into the bot­tom cor­ner from the edge of the box.

Stam’s charges came close to lev­el­ling when a good run and cross from Chris Gunter found Dave Ed­wards just in­side the area, but his shot was blocked on the line.

Frus­tra­tion quickly took hold as both Ba­cuna and Mo Bar­row were booked in­side the open­ing 10 min­utes and the lead was dou­bled be­fore the break when Gar­ner headed in from a cor­ner.

Kelly and Jon Dadi Bod­vars­son were both thrown on in the clos­ing stages but in truth, Read­ing never looked like getting back into the con­test.

“We con­ceded two easy goals,” said Stam.

“Then it’s go­ing to be dif­fi­cult to get back into the game. They’re drop­ping in deep, mak­ing it com­pact and just wait­ing for that mo­ment to break on the counter.

“We needed to do bet­ter with our choices on the ball.”

READ­ING: Man­none, Gunter, McShane (c), Moore, Black­ett (Kelly 74), Ba­cuna, van den Berg, Ed­wards, Aluko (Bod­vars­son 77), Bar­row, Ker­mor­gant.

Subs not used: Jaakkola, Ilori, Richards, Cle­ment, Beerens.

Yel­low cards: Bar­row (8), Ba­cuna (9), McShane (52), Ed­wards (66)

IP­SWICH: Bialkowski, Spence,

Cham­bers (c), Web­ster, Knud­sen, Skuse (Bru 45), Con­nolly, Ward, Waghorn, Celina (Iorfa 89), Gar­ner (Sears 90+4).

Subs not used: Crowe, Smith, Bishop, McGoldrick.

Goals: Con­nolly (3), Gar­ner (27) Yel­low cards: Waghorn (34), Knud­sen (69), Web­ster (88)

Ref­eree: Peter Bankes

At­ten­dance: 13,832

Pic­ture: Steve Smyth

Joey van den Berg is fed up of the Roy­als giv­ing away early goals, es­pe­cially to set pieces.

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