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PremierLeague-News.Com - Some of the talking points to come out of Royals' 2-0 loss to Neil Warnock's outfit

Berkshire news Paunovic's subs and right back dilemma - key Reading points after Boro PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - Some of the talking points to come out of Royals' 2-0 loss to Neil Warnock's outfit

Berkshire news  Paunovic's subs and right back dilemma - key Reading points after Boro PremierLeague-News.Com
21 February 2021 - 05:45

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Reading suffered a seventh home defeat of the season on Saturday as they were beaten 2-0 by Middlesbrough. First-half goals by Ashley Fletcher and Marc Bola were enough for Neil Warnock's side to spring somewhat of a surprise at Madejski Stadium. The result sees Royals remain in fifth place in the Championship table, although the gap to the chasing back - starting with Cardiff in seventh place - is now just five points. Here are some of the key talking points to come out of the game. Paunovic's subs It took Reading manager Veljko Paunovic 78 minutes to bring on a natural attacking player as his side pushed for a way back into the game. The Serbian made two changes at the break, bringing on Lewis Gibson for Omar Richards at left-back and Tomas Esteves for Alfa Semedo in midfield. Esteves played on the right wing, just like he did at Bristol City in midweek, but struggled to impact the game in the second half. In terms of attacking players, though, striker George Puscas was only brought on 12 minutes from time. He replaced Ovie Ejaria but the Romanian couldn't affect things in the final third. Read More Related Articles Reading FC manager Veljko Paunovic on 'unacceptable' Boro loss, half time subs and Puscas Read More Related Articles Reading FC player ratings after Middlesbrough defeat as attacking players frustrate Sone Aluko then got the final few minutes in place of Michael Olise and although he looked lively, it was far too little, too late. Could Paunovic have made the changes sooner? Reading certainly looked bereft of ideas in the second half as they struggled to find a way past Boro and an earlier substitution would probably have done little harm. Mental fragility Paunovic said in his post-match press conference the side's mentality needs to be improved to make them a top side. "I do think we have to improve our mentality," he said. "That was a problem in the past and we cannot keep the ghosts from the past alive and bring them back." It was certainly an area of weakness in previous seasons for Reading - the way they capitulated in games after conceding goals and dropping points as a result. Middlesbrough celebrations (Image: Getty Images) The Middlesbrough defeat was their seventh this season at the Mad Stad and third in a succession. The previous two - against Brentford and Millwall - both came after Royals had taken the lead. It may have been a slightly different scenario against Boro but Reading still couldn't haul themselves back into the game. Paunovic has worked wonders this season in lifting the club up, both on and off the field, after some very gloomy seasons so it may not be too surprising the club's mentality is far from perfect.

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. Right-back dilemma Andy Yiadom was once again preferred at right-back for Reading and put in a decent shift. The former Barnsley defender was making just his fifth start of the season after returning from a knee injury. The decision to leave out Tom Holmes, however, the young centre-back who stood in so superbly for Yiadom when he was sidelined, has left some supporters rather baffled. Andy Rinomhota and Andy Yiadom (Image: PA) With Esteves also available, Paunovic has three players who can play right-back to choose from. Yiadom has done nothing wrong since returning to the side, but the change has disrupted what was a very settled backline and is perhaps a factor in the recent dip in form. Both Esteves and Yiadom can play higher up the pitch so that is something Paunovic could consider in the coming weeks, with Holmes slotting in at right-back. This would give the side another attacking option down the right with the assurance of a solid base behind. Boro's brilliant record in Berkshire Middlesbrough just can't get enough of Madejski Stadium. They would play there every week if they could, as this was their fourth successive victory in Berkshire. Read More Related Articles Reading FC 0 Middlesbrough 2 highlights: Woeful Royals undone by two first half goals Read More Related Articles Reading FC taking full advantage of Birmingham City's transfer mistake with Michael Morrison October 2015 is the last time Reading got one over Boro at home, with goals by Danny Williams and Nick Blackman giving what was then Steve Clarke's side a 2-0 victory. Since then, it's been doom and gloom for Royals who were beaten 2-0 in October 2017, 1-0 in December 2018 and 2-1 last July. Reading will be eager to see the back of Neil Warnock and co, that's for sure. Join us on Tuesday Reading are back in Championship action this week when they travel to Wycombe Wanderers. Kick-off at Adams Park is 7.45pm on Tuesday, February 23. Join us for full coverage of the game throughout the evening with all of the build-up starting in our live blog from 5pm. Keep an eye out for a live video on our dedicated Reading FC Facebook page as well post match.

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