Berkshire news Reading considered biggest Championship overachievers despite missing play-offs PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - Reading FC missed out on the play-offs after falling out of the top six in recent weeks, but the Royals have been the biggest overachievers in the Championship, according to a supercomputer
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! The season may have ultimately ended in disappointment for Reading FC as they missed out on a place in the Championship play-offs, but Royals boss Veljko Paunovic has described it as a positive year. Having finished in 14th place in the 2019/20 season and with Paunovic taking charge last summer, Reading were not considered among the favourites for promotion from the Championship. However, the Royals started the season in fine form, with Paunovic's side winning seven of their first eight games, sitting top of the table up to the beginning of November. After falling from top spot after a third defeat in a row at home against Stoke City, Reading never returned to the summit, but only briefly dropped out of the top six up until the 41st game of the campaign, when the Royals slipped out of the play-off places. Get the latest Reading FC news from BerkshireLive delivered straight to your inbox with our new newsletter. Unfortunately, Reading did not return to the top six after that as they ended the campaign in seventh spot, finishing with 70 points in Paunovic's first season in charge. The Serbian has described it as a positive season, despite missing out on the play-offs, adding that he felt it was a year of improvement for the Royals, after several campaigns finishing in mid-table or battling to avoid relegation. “This year has been weird. I, personally, have been so happy to have this opportunity," Paunovic said. "I’ve always wanted to be here. When I came here, I asked myself if there was more I could do to be the best.
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. I’m sad I couldn’t achieve more.
Reading manager Veljko Paunovic
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"It would have been more if we had got into the play-offs and I know that is disappointing for everyone, but we did a good job this season." As Paunovic said, Reading fans will of course be disappointed to miss out on the play-offs, but the Royals have been crowned as the Championship’s biggest overachievers. Bettingexpert.com ’s supercomputer that predicted the final Championship table at the start of the season using odds and analysis concluded that Nottingham Forest should finish seventh and Reading 19th, so Forest’s 17th place finish is a considerable underachievement while Reading defied the odds to finish where they did. By reaching the play-offs and finishing fifth, Barnsley were the second-best overachievers, according to the final outcome based on the pre-season predictions, ending the campaign ten places higher than predicted. Luton Town were also among the overachieving sides, with the Hatters expected to end the season one place above safety but defied expectations to finish ninth places higher than anticipated. Elsewhere, Huddersfield were predicted to finish 12th but in ending the season 20th were eight places below what the odds suggested, with Stoke City the only other side, other than Forest to be considered bigger underachievers.
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Championship overachievers Reading (+12), Barnsley (+10), Luton Town (+9), QPR (+7), Swansea City (+5), Coventry (+4), Wycombe Wanderers (+2), Norwich City (+2) Underachievers Nottingham Forest (-10), Stoke City (-9), Huddersfield Town (-8), Bristol City (-5), Derby County (-3), Blackburn Rovers (-2), Bournemouth (-2), Cardiff (-2), Middlesbrough (-2), Preston North End (-2), Birmingham City (-1), Watford (-1), Brentford (-1), Millwall (-1), Rotherham (-1), Sheffield Wednesday (-1).
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