Newcastle Face A Tough Task At Reading

It looks like Newcastle will have a tough game tomorrow night at the Madejksi Stadium in Reading.

The Medejski Stadium at Reading

Since Newcastle were promoted, we’ve been looking at the various final Championship tables of the last 10 years or so, and would you believe the team with the most number of points in a season is Reading.

When they were promoted to the Premiership in season 2005-2006, the club finished the season  with an amazing 106 points, the most ever by a Championship side, since the Premier League was created back in 1992. Reading’s manager at that time was of course the impressive Steve Coppell.

In the Premier league the next season 2006-2007, then they finished an impressive 8th, with 55 points and 16 wins during that season.  They won 31 games that season and finished with a goal difference of 67 and won the league by 16 points from second-placed Sheffield United.

Birmingham, who finished 3rd that season won the final play-off place – here’s the Championship table from that year.

Newcastle can equal Reading’s wins in that season by winning their remaining 4 games, but would still be 2 points short of Reading’s overall total of 106 points, so that’s one record we cannot match or beat in this magic season on Tyneside.

Reading are currently in 11th place in the league, but had a wonderful run in the FA Cup earlier this year, when they reached the 6th round.

They beat Liverpool at Anfield 2-1 after a replay in the 3rd round. Reading were 1-0 down in that game just before the end, before Gylfi Sigurdsson scored a penalty to equalize into injury time.

And then  Shane Long hit a fantastic winning goal after 20 minutes of extra time, and in fact Shane Long looked a really good player throughout the FA Cup run, and we wonder if Newcastle are interested in this impressive 23 year-old Irishman?

In the 4th round Reading then beat Premier league side Burnley 1-0 at home.

Reading then managed another miraculous result in the 5th round by beating now promoted WBA 3-2 at the Hawthorns in a replay. They again equalized in injury time in that replay, through Jay Tabb to take the game into extra time.

Then in the last minute of added time, the 120th minute, Jimmy Kebe got the winner when everybody was thinking of a penalty shoot-out.

The dream came to an end at the Madejski Stadium in the 6th round against Aston Villa 4-2, but not before Shane Long had put Reading 2-0 up at half time.

So whereas Blackpool seemed scared of Newcastle’s prowess last Saturday afternoon, that will certainly not be the case with Reading tomorrow night, and the Newcastle team will find themselves in a tough  game.

But a win in what is our game-in-hand tomorrow night, will all but ensure Newcastle win the Championship this season, and also be within 5 points of the magic 100 points, which is a target manager Chris Hughton would like to meet.

In the last 10 league games Reading have 6 wins, 3 draws and a 2-1 defeat at Ipswich Town, so they are in decent form with 20 points from those games.

However, they will not be able to qualify for a play-off place being 9 points adrift of a play-off place, but they must stand a decent chance next year if the can maintain their form of this year.

So we expect a difficult task tomorrow night, and a win would be a great result for the in-form Magpies.

Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • AlanSmith.

    Apr 12, 2010 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #1

    Ed, living in reading, i occasionally get the chance to see reading and hear alot about them through friends, whislt reading have had a decent run of form since the hired mcdermott as manager, they can be beaten. we must not underestimate them but they arent the team they used to be under coppell. the team that got promotion to the prem with 106 points have all left– doyle, kitson, lita, sidwell, harper, little, shorey, hahnemann have all moved on aswell as the coaching staff, lets not take anything away from teh current reading side that have battled back well, from being relegation candidates until around november/december time, but they havent in my opinion got the skill or desire to match our current squad. shane long is a catch 22, he can always pop up and score when reading dont look like scoring, but he is very inconsistent, the amout of chances he gets he should be puttin away 20-30 goals a season. he doesnt have the skill to be a premiership striker and often struggles in the championship.

    i will be at the reading game tomorrow, and because our mighty fine supporters have snapped up all the seats in the away end, i had to by my tickets through reading fc. and will be sat in the home end, but i hope to meet many of you in the three guineas pub right outside the entrance to the stadium and will look forward to a good 3 points which will all but mathematically see us go up as champions

    Howay The Lads!!

  • AlanSmith.

    Apr 12, 2010 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #2

    sorry not entrance to the stadium, the three guineas pub is right outside READING TRAIN STATION. it is often an away supporters pub, meaning all the toon army will be accepted.

  • Davies

    Apr 12, 2010 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #3

    I’ll be in with the Reading supporters tomorrow night as well. Couldn’t get a Toon ticket in time. Pretty sure the Three Guineas will be completely black and white. It was last time We played at the Madejski. Good boozer.


    Apr 12, 2010 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #4

    Think reading will be a tough game myself, there on a good run of form themselves,i for 1 think we can win this,but will happily take a draw.

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Apr 12, 2010 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #5

    i like that sigurdsonn fella for them.

    off topic- but does anyone see the amount of rubbish sputed on that newcastle-mad website

  • toon4lyf

    Apr 12, 2010 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #6

    where abouts you sitting mora night

  • Edd Case

    Apr 12, 2010 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #7

    I think we’ll get beat tomorrow, gut feeling.

    Hope we win as always but I think we might get a reality check.

  • hilleluk

    Apr 12, 2010 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #8

    @edd case

    Dont be down beat – we gotta go into every game positve – we are the BETTER team – stay solid man, CH is the power house in motivating the lads . . . keep the faith . . . 100+ points!!!

  • Newckie

    Apr 13, 2010 at 5:13 AM

    Comment #9

    It will be a tough game away but Keep The Faith!
    Re Geordie……Newcastle Mad – all the “Mad” sites make out like they are super fans but the negative crap they sprout is indicative of their brainless contributions. Mad as in stupid not dedication!
    They are the most negative pile of crap even when all is going well……morons in the extreme!


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