<< Season 2009-10 >>

Reading's failure in the play-offs saw the departure of Steve Coppell and the final break-up of his Championship-winning team. Former Academy directory Brendan Rodgers set about building a new team around a talented group of young players such as Gylfi Sigurðsson, Jem Karacan, Alex Pearce and Simon Church. However he tried to change too much too soon, and could not overturn the poor home form that continued from the previous season. Rodgers departed after yet another disappointing home result, against Scunthorpe, to be replaced by former Reserve team boss Brian McDermott. Although there was not an immediate improvement in League form, confidence was boosted by a memorable FA Cup run, the highlight of which was a third round replay win over Liverpool at Anfield. A run of eight wins in nine matches then saw Reading pull away from the relegation zone and even briefly threaten to break into the play-off picture. The loan signings of Andy Griffin and Zurab Khizanishvili provided some much-needed experience in defence, but it was Malian winger Jimmy Kébé who was the real star of the second half of the season, finally producing the skill and pace he was capable of on a regular basis. Nine wins and 30 goals in the final eleven home games made the Madejski Stadium a far happier place at the end of the season than it had been throughout 2009.

FL Championship (9th)

       Nottingham F      H  D  0-0
       Newcastle Utd     A  L  0-3
       Swansea City      A  D  0-0
       Sheffield Utd     H  L  1-3         Mills
       Barnsley          A  W  3-1         Pearce, Hunt 2 (1 pen)
       Doncaster Rov     H  D  0-0
       Cardiff City      H  L  0-1
       Peterborough U    A  L  2-3         Sigurdsson, Church
       Watford           H  D  1-1         Rasiak
       Preston NE        A  W  2-1         Church, Kébé
       Middlesbrough     H  L  0-2
       West Bromwich A   A  L  1-3         Mills
       Queens Park Rang  A  L  1-4         Howard
       Leicester City    H  L  0-1
       Coventry City     A  W  3-1         Rasiak 2, McAnuff
       Ipswich Town      H  D  1-1         Church
       Blackpool         H  W  2-1         Sigurdsson, Rasiak
       Derby County      A  L  1-2         Sigurdsson
       Sheffield Wed     A  W  2-0         Rasiak, Cissé
       Crystal Palace    H  L  2-4         Pearce, Sigurdsson (pen)
       Scunthorpe Utd    H  D  1-1         Rasiak
       Bristol City      A  D  1-1         Church
       Swansea City      H  D  1-1         Sigurdsson
       Plymouth Arg      A  L  1-4         Sigurdsson
       Nottingham F      A  L  1-2         Kébé
       Sheffield Utd     A  L  0-3
       Barnsley          H  W  1-0         Long
       Doncaster Rov     A  W  2-1         Long, Howard
       Plymouth Arg      H  W  2-1         Long 2 (1 pen)
       Crystal Palace    A  W  3-1         Church 2, Kébé
       Blackpool         A  L  0-2
       Sheffield Wed     H  W  5-0         Kébé 2, Rasiak 2, Church
       Derby County      H  W  4-1         Long, Kébé, Bertrand, Church
       Bristol City      H  W  2-0         Sigurdsson 2 (1 pen)
       Queens Park Rang  H  W  1-0         Sigurdsson (pen)
       Middlesbrough     A  D  1-1         Wheater (og)
       Leicester City    A  W  2-1         Kébé, Sigurdsson (pen)
       West Bromwich A   H  D  1-1         Sigurdsson
       Ipswich Town      A  L  1-2         Sigurdsson
       Coventry City     H  W  3-0         Rasiak, Church (pen), Kébé
       Cardiff City      A  D  0-0
       Newcastle Utd     H  L  1-2         Simpson (og)
       Peterborough U    H  W  6-0         +
       Scunthorpe Utd    A  D  2-2         Pearce, Sigurdsson (pen)
       Watford           A  L  0-3
       Preston NE        H  W  4-1         Kébé, McAnuff, Sigurdsson, Church

       + Pearce, Sigurdsson 2 (1 pen), McAnuff, Kébé, Long

FL Championship Table

                        PL  HW HD HL  HF  HA  AW AD AL  AF  AA  PTS
 1. Newcastle Utd       46  18  5  0  56  13  12  7  4  34  22  102
 2. West Bromwich A     46  16  3  4  48  21  10 10  3  41  27   91
 3. Nottingham F+       46  18  2  3  45  13   4 11  8  20  27   79
 4. Cardiff City+       46  12  6  5  37  20  10  4  9  36  34   76
 5. Leicester City+     46  13  6  4  40  18   8  7  8  21  27   76
 6. Blackpool+          46  13  6  4  46  22   6  7 10  28  36   70
 7. Swansea City        46  10 10  3  21  12   7  8  8  19  25   69
 8. Sheffield Utd       46  12  8  3  37  20   5  6 12  25  35   65
 9. READING             46  10  7  6  39  22   7  5 11  29  41   63
10. Bristol City        46  10 10  3  38  34   5  8 10  18  31   63
11. Middlesbrough       46   9  8  6  25  21   7  6 10  33  29   62
12. Doncaster Rov       46   9  7  7  32  29   6  8  9  27  29   60
13. Queens Park Rang    46   8  9  6  36  28   6  6 11  22  37   57
14. Derby County        46  12  3  8  37  32   3  8 12  16  31   56
15. Ipswich Town        46   8 11  4  24  23   4  9 10  26  38   56
16. Watford             46  10  6  7  36  26   4  6 13  25  42   54
17. Preston NE          46   9 10  4  35  26   4  5 14  23  47   54
18. Barnsley            46   8  7  8  25  29   6  5 12  28  40   54
19. Coventry City       46   8  9  6  27  29   5  6 12  20  35   54
20. Scunthorpe Utd      46  10  7  6  40  32   4  3 16  22  52   52
21. Crystal Palace*     46   8  5 10  24  27   6 12  5  26  26   49
22. Sheffield Wed       46   8  6  9  30  31   3  8 12  19  38   47
23. Plymouth Arg        46   5  6 12  20  30   6  2 15  23  38   41
24. Peterborough U      46   6  5 12  32  37   2  5 16  14  43   34

    + after play-off
    * Crystal Palace deducted ten points (administration)

Position Graph

Position Graph

FA Cup

R3     LiverpoolP        H  D  1-1         Church
R3(R)  LiverpoolP        A  W  2-1 *       Sigurdsson (pen), Long
R4     BurnleyP          H  W  1-0         Sigurdsson
R5     West Bromwich AC  H  D  2-2         Kébé, Church
R5(R)  West Bromwich AC  A  W  3-2 *       Kébé, Howard, Sigurdsson
R6     Aston VillaP      H  L  2-4         Long 2

       * after extra time
League Cup
R1     Burton Albion2    H  W  5-1         Mooney 2, Bignall 2, Sigurdsson
R2     BarnsleyC         H  L  1-2         Kozluk (og)

Top Scorers

                        LG  FA  LC  MC  ALL  PEN  HAT    RATE
 1. Gylfi Sigurdsson    16   3   1   0   20    7    0   0.465
 2. Simon Church        10   2   0   0   12    1    0   0.286
    Jimmy Kébé          10   2   0   0   12    0    0   0.255
 4. Grzegorz Rasiak      9   0   0   0    9    0    0   0.265
 5. Shane Long           6   3   0   0    9    1    0   0.250
 6. Alex Pearce          4   0   0   0    4    0    0   0.143
 7. Jobi McAnuff         3   0   0   0    3    0    0   0.073
 8. Brian Howard         2   1   0   0    3    0    0   0.077
 9. Noel Hunt            2   0   0   0    2    1    0   0.167
    Matthew Mills        2   0   0   0    2    0    0   0.067
11. Nicholas Bignall     0   0   2   0    2    0    0   0.500
    David Mooney         0   0   2   0    2    0    0   1.000
13. Ryan Bertrand        1   0   0   0    1    0    0   0.020
    Kalifa Cissé         1   0   0   0    1    0    0   0.053
15. Own goals            2   0   1   0    3    0    0   0.056
    Line
    Totals              68  11   6   0   85   10    0   1.574

Most Appearances

                        LG    FA    LC    MC    ALL     SUM
 1. Adam Federici       46     6     0     0     52      52
 2. Ryan Bertrand       44     6     1     0     51      51
 3. Jimmy Kébé          30+12  3+2   0     0     33+14   47
 4. Gylfi Sigurdsson    32+5   5     1     0     38+5    43
 5. Simon Church        22+14  5+1   0     0     27+15   42
 6. Jobi McAnuff        36     5     0     0     41      41
 7. Brian Howard        30+4   3+2   0     0     33+6    39
 8. Shane Long          22+9   2+3   0     0     24+12   36
 9. Grzegorz Rasiak     14+15  3+2   0     0     17+17   34
10. Jay Tabb            27+1   2+1   0+1   0     29+3    32
11. Bryn Gunnarsson     18+8   4+1   1     0     23+9    32
12. Ívar Ingimarsson    25     6     0     0     31      31
13. Jem Karacan         19+8   4     0     0     23+8    31
14. Matthew Mills       22+1   6     1     0     29+1    30
15. Alex Pearce         24+1   0+1   2     0     26+2    28
16. Andy Griffin        21     4     0     0     25      25
17. Kalifa Cissé        14+3   2     0     0     16+3    19
18. Hal Robson-Kanu      4+13  0+1   0     0      4+14   18
19. Marek Matějovský    13+2   0     2     0     15+2    17
20. Zurab K'nishvili    12+3   0     0     0     12+3    15
21. Noel Hunt            5+5   0     0+2   0      5+7    12
22. Shaun Cummings       8     0     0     0      8       8
23. Darren O'Dea         7+1   0     0     0      7+1     8
24. Liam Rosenior        5     0     1     0      6       6
25. James Henry          1+2   0+1   2     0      3+3     6
26. Scott Davies         3+1   0     1     0      4+1     5
27. Gun Thorvaldsson     2+2   0+1   0     0      2+3     5
28. James Harper         0+3   0     2     0      2+3     5
29. Nicholas Bignall     0+2   0     2     0      2+2     4
30. Ben Hamer            0     0+1   2     0      2+1     3
31. David Mooney         0     0     2     0      2       2
32. Michail Antonio      0+1   0     0+1   0      0+2     2
33. Chris Armstrong      0     0     1     0      1       1
    Julian Kelly         0     0     1     0      1       1
    Line
    Totals              46     6     2     0     54      54