<< Season 2010-11 >>

Reading suffered yet another batch of play-off heartbreak as they lost to Swansea in the final at Wembley. The sale of Gylfi Sigurðsson to Hoffenheim for £6m, while unpopular with some supporters, did serve to strengthen the squad, with Ian Harte providing some quality from set-pieces and Mikele Leigertwood adding some power to the midfield. The early part of the season was characterised by too many draws, particularly in games which might have been won with a little luck. However, as the end of the season approached, everything came together as Reading lost just one of their final 16 games, including a run of eight wins on the trot, to make a late run into the play-off places. In particular, Shane Long hit a fine run of goalscoring form to become the first Reading player to score 20 goals in the league for a decade.

There was also time for another fine cup run, with another famous victory on Merseyside, this time at Everton, before Reading's second successive quarter-final ended in a narrow defeat at Manchester City.

And so to the play-offs. After a tense affair at the Madejski, Reading produced a classic counter-attacking performance to see off Cardiff 3-0 in the second leg. This set up a final against Swansea, managed by former Reading boss, Brendan Rodgers. The first half was a disaster, with some sloppy defending gifting the Swans a 3-0 lead. However it was a different story after the break, as Reading raced out of the traps to get right back in the game. Goals from Noel Hunt and Matt Mills brought it back to 3-2, before a Jem Karacan effort was deflected onto the post, and only a heroic block stopped Hunt putting in the rebound. At that point Swansea were reeling, but slowly they managed to gain some possession and a clumsy challenge gifted them their second penalty of the game to put things beyond Reading once again.

FL Championship (5th, Not promoted after play-off)

       Scunthorpe Utd    H  L  1-2         Sigurdsson
       Portsmouth        A  D  1-1         Kébé
       Nottingham F      H  D  1-1         Pearce
       Leicester City    A  W  2-1         Sigurdsson, Mills
       Crystal Palace    H  W  3-0         Long (pen), Harte (pen), Kébé
       Millwall          A  D  0-0
       Middlesbrough     A  L  1-3         Kébé
       Barnsley          H  W  3-0         Kébé, Harte, Robson-Kanu
       Ipswich Town      H  W  1-0         Church
       Preston NE        A  D  1-1         Karacan
       Swansea City      H  L  0-1
       Bristol City      A  L  0-1
       Burnley           A  W  4-0         Long (pen), McAnuff, Antonio, Church
       Doncaster Rov     H  W  4-3         Mills, Karacan, Harte, Church
       Queens Park Rang  A  L  1-3         Long
       Cardiff City      H  D  1-1         Hunt
       Norwich City      H  D  3-3         Harte, Hunt, Long (pen)
       Watford           A  D  1-1         Hunt
       Leeds Utd         H  D  0-0
       Coventry City     H  D  0-0
       Derby County      A  W  2-1         Long 2 (1 pen)
       Bristol City      H  W  4-1         McAnuff, Hunt, Long 2
       Hull City         A  D  1-1         Church
       Swansea City      A  L  0-1
       Burnley           H  W  2-1         Long 2
       Doncaster Rov     A  W  3-0         Long, Kébé, McAnuff
       Hull City         H  D  1-1         Harte (pen)
       Cardiff City      A  D  2-2         Leig'wood, Manset
       Queens Park Rang  H  L  0-1
       Norwich City      A  L  1-2         Long
       Sheffield Utd     A  D  1-1         Long
       Watford           H  D  1-1         Hunt
       Millwall          H  W  2-1         Hunt, Long
       Crystal Palace    A  D  3-3         Long (pen), Kébé, Hunt
       Middlesbrough     H  W  5-2         Robson-Kanu, Harte 2, Long 2
       Ipswich Town      A  W  3-1         Long, Harte, Hunt
       Barnsley          A  W  1-0         Manset
       Portsmouth        H  W  2-0         Long 2 (1 pen)
       Preston NE        H  W  2-1         Kébé, Robson-Kanu
       Nottingham F      A  W  4-3         Harte, Karacan, Kébé, Church
       Scunthorpe Utd    A  W  2-0         Long, Harte (pen)
       Leicester City    H  W  3-1         Kébé, McAnuff, Hunt
       Leeds Utd         A  D  0-0
       Sheffield Utd     H  L  2-3         Hunt, Robson-Kanu
       Coventry City     A  D  0-0
       Derby County      H  W  2-1         Harte (pen), Robson-Kanu

FL Championship Table

                        PL  HW HD HL  HF  HA  AW AD AL  AF  AA  PTS
 1. Queens Park Rang    46  14  7  2  43  15  10  9  4  28  17   88
 2. Norwich City        46  13  6  4  47  30  10  9  4  36  28   84
 3. Swansea City+       46  15  5  3  41  11   9  3 11  28  31   80
 4. Cardiff City+       46  12  7  4  41  25  11  4  8  35  29   80
 5. READING+            46  12  7  4  43  25   8 10  5  34  26   77
 6. Nottingham F+       46  13  8  2  43  22   7  7  9  26  28   75
 7. Leeds Utd           46  11  8  4  47  34   8  7  8  34  36   72
 8. Burnley             46  12  6  5  40  30   6  8  9  25  31   68
 9. Millwall            46  12  6  5  39  22   6  7 10  23  26   67
10. Leicester City      46  13  6  4  48  27   6  4 13  28  44   67
11. Hull City           46   7  8  8  21  19   9  9  5  31  32   65
12. Middlesbrough       46  10  7  6  37  32   7  4 12  31  36   62
13. Ipswich Town        46  10  3 10  33  37   8  5 10  29  31   62
14. Watford             46   9  7  7  39  32   7  6 10  38  39   61
15. Bristol City        46  10  4  9  30  29   7  5 11  32  36   60
16. Portsmouth          46   8  9  6  31  26   7  4 12  22  34   58
17. Barnsley            46  11  6  6  32  23   3  8 12  23  43   56
18. Coventry City       46   9  5  9  27  26   5  8 10  27  32   55
19. Derby County        46   8  4 11  35  32   5  6 12  23  39   49
20. Crystal Palace      46  11  6  6  28  24   1  6 16  16  45   48
21. Doncaster Rov       46   7  9  7  26  31   4  6 13  29  50   48
22. Preston NE          46   7  4 12  27  36   3  8 12  27  43   42
23. Sheffield Utd       46   7  5 11  27  36   4  4 15  17  43   42
24. Scunthorpe Utd      46   5  5 13  21  40   7  1 15  22  47   42

    + after play-off

Position Graph

Position Graph

FL Championship Play-offs

SF(1)  Cardiff City      H  D  0-0
SF(2)  Cardiff City      A  W  3-0 [3-0]   Long 2 (1 pen), McAnuff
F      Swansea City      *  L  2-4         Allen (og), Mills

       * at Wembley (att. 86,581), first goal also attributed to Hunt
FA Cup
R3     West Bromwich AP  H  W  1-0         Long
R4     Stevenage2        A  W  2-1         Leig'wood, Long
R5     EvertonP          A  W  1-0         Mills
R6     Manchester CP     A  L  0-1
League Cup
R1     Torquay Utd2      A  W  1-0 *       Rasiak
R2     Northampton T2    H  D  3-3 *       Mills 2, Robson-Kanu

       * after extra time
       * after extra time, lost 2-4 on penalties

Top Scorers

                        LG  FA  LC  MC  ALL  PEN  HAT    RATE
 1. Shane Long          21   2   0   2   25    7    0   0.481
 2. Ian Harte           11   0   0   0   11    4    0   0.234
 3. Noel Hunt           10   0   0   0   10    0    0   0.250
 4. Jimmy Kébé           9   0   0   0    9    0    0   0.214
 5. Hal Robson-Kanu      5   0   1   0    6    0    0   0.176
 6. Matthew Mills        2   1   2   1    6    0    0   0.133
 7. Simon Church         5   0   0   0    5    0    0   0.114
 8. Jobi McAnuff         4   0   0   1    5    0    0   0.106
 9. Jem Karacan          3   0   0   0    3    0    0   0.062
10. Mathieu Manset       2   0   0   0    2    0    0   0.143
    Gylfi Sigurdsson     2   0   0   0    2    0    0   0.500
12. Mikele Leig'wood     1   1   0   0    2    0    0   0.069
13. Michail Antonio      1   0   0   0    1    0    0   0.042
    Alex Pearce          1   0   0   0    1    0    0   0.042
15. Grzegorz Rasiak      0   0   1   0    1    0    0   0.500
16. Own goals            0   0   0   1    1    0    0   0.018
    Line
    Totals              77   4   4   5   90   11    0   1.636

Most Appearances

                        LG    FA    LC    MC    ALL     SUM
 1. Shane Long          44     4     0+1   3     51+1    52
 2. Jem Karacan         39+1   3     1+1   3     46+2    48
 3. Ian Harte           40     4     0     3     47      47
    Jobi McAnuff        40     4     0     3     47      47
 5. Matthew Mills       38     3     1     3     45      45
 6. Simon Church        14+23  1+3   1     0+2   16+28   44
 7. Jimmy Kébé          34+2   3     1+1   1     39+3    42
 8. Noel Hunt           19+14  3     1     3     26+14   40
 9. Adam Federici       34     2     0     3     39      39
10. Andy Griffin        33     1     1     3     38      38
11. Hal Robson-Kanu     12+15  1+3   1     1+1   15+19   34
12. Mikele Leig'wood    21+1   4     0     3     28+1    29
13. Brian Howard        19+5   0+1   2     0+1   21+7    28
14. Zurab K'nishvili    21+1   2     0     3     26+1    27
15. Jay Tabb            15+6   2     1     0+1   18+7    25
16. Alex Pearce         20+1   1     2     0     23+1    24
17. Michail Antonio      2+19  0+1   2     0      4+20   24
18. Alex McCarthy       12+1   2     0     0     14+1    15
19. Bryn Gunnarsson     10+2   2     1     0     13+2    15
20. Ívar Ingimarsson    12+1   1     0     0     13+1    14
21. Mathieu Manset       4+9   0     0     0+1    4+10   14
22. Shaun Cummings      10     1     0     1     12      12
23. Chris Armstrong      6+1   0     0     0      6+1     7
24. Marcus Williams      3     0     2     0      5       5
25. Gylfi Sigurdsson     4     0     0     0      4       4
26. Ben Hamer            0     0     2     0      2       2
27. Grzegorz Rasiak      0+1   0     1     0      1+1     2
28. Jake Taylor          0+1   0     0+1   0      0+2     2
29. Nicholas Bignall     0     0     1     0      1       1
    Julian Kelly         0     0     1     0      1       1
31. Jordan Obita         0     0     0+1   0      0+1     1
    Line
    Totals              46     4     2     3     55      55