The Wokingham Paper : 2020-07-09

SPORT : 40 : 40


MEITE’S PIZZA THE ACTION ROYALS STAR HEADED FOR SWIFT EXIT? P37 SHOCK AS EXILES SEE NINE DEPART FIVE GOAL ROYALS FEAST ON THE HATTERS P36 By ANDY PRESTON in them to refuel straight away, no matterwhat it is. “I was surprised it was pizza but it smelt good anyway!” Having thrashed relegation threatened Luton, the Royals struggled to replicate their performanc­e as theywere held to a goalless draw on Tuesday evening at the Madejski Stadium against Huddersfie­ld Town. “We will take a clean sheet, we are always happywith that no matterwher­e we are,” said Bowen after Reading kept two consecutiv­e clean sheets for the first time since the league restarted. “At the other end of the pitch we were stale and lacked quality in the final third. “I said to the players that we didn’t do enough qualitywis­e in the final third to turn one point into three. “In hindsight we missed Ovie to go and create something. He had a nasty tackle on Saturday and we’re hoping that settles down so he’s okay for next Saturday.” The Royals have struggled at home having won just one game in their last 12 at the Madejski in all competitio­n. But Bowen vows to improve their home form as they build towards next season. “Sometimes you have the type of season where you do better away from home than at home. “We have to be mindful of it and we want to have a fortress in our own backyard.” Despite the disappoint­ing draw and performanc­es, Bowen was praising of his young players who have impressed since coming into the side. “Gabe Osho did well and in the second half he was feeling it after his first league start but he did well enough. “He (Osho) is comfortabl­e on the the ball and willing to get forward. He defends well in wide areas and the more experience he gets, he will settle into that position and can also settle in at centre half. “Tom McIntyre was outstandin­g. Him and Michael Morrison were our best players tonight. McIntyre hasn’t put a foot wrong since coming into the side. “I left Liam (Moore) out on Saturday. I felt a change needed to be made, it’s about my opinion and standards. “I probably could have made more changes after the Brentford game but the lads who have come in have had two good clean sheets.” The Royals face Charlton Athletic away from home on Saturday and Bowen is prepared for a tough test. “Charlton are a difficult side. They played Millwall and although they got beat, theywere the better side. “Theywill ask questions of us. It’s there for us to see that we can’t take our eye off the ball or take them lightly.” TERRIERS BORE DRAW PIC SPECIAL apreston@wokinghamp­ READING MANAGER Mark Bowen was ‘delighted’ with Yakou Meite after he struck four goals in a five-star Royals performanc­e over Luton Town on Saturday. “He (Yakou) wanted to play as a number nine before the game,” explained Bowen. “But sometimes you find more space on the channel and he looked at me with a rye smile so I think for today I won that argument with him. “I’m asking Yakou to play that wide role. He’s a focal point for any keeperwith their kicks because of his power in the air. “He always puts a shift in and I’m delighted with him today. Meite was substitute­d having scored four in a sublime performanc­e and was seen celebratin­g his efforts on the bench by eating a pizza. “My staff told me as soon as the players have finished working that they need to get food P38 Published by The Wokingham Paper Ltd, Crown House, 231 Kings Road, Reading RG1 4LS. Printed at Reach Watford © The Wokingham Paper Ltd, 2020 Our Woodley showroom is open 7 days a week 0800 30 50 30 www.trademarkw­ PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­ +1 604 278 4604 ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW

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