<< Season 2012-13 >>

Reading's second spell in the Premier League ended in disappointment as they were immediately relegated back to the Championship. The season was mostly characterised by a conflict between a traditional 4-4-2 formation, which afforded the superior teams too much space and possession, and a more defensive 4-5-1 formation, which restricted attacking options. The former was particularly highlighted by two heavy defeats to Arsenal: 5-7 in the League Cup (after being 4-0 up), and 2-5 in the League. The only period when survival looked a possibility was in January, when Adam Le Fondre hit a rich vein of form as a substitute. A more defensive approach to stay in the game followed by 20 minutes of Le Fondre resulted in memorable wins against West Brom and Newcastle, and a draw against Chelsea. However this good run was followed by home defeats to relegation rivals Wigan and Aston Villa which cost manager Brian McDermott his job. Nigel Adkins came in, but was unable to turn things around, notably with another vital home defeat to his former club, Southampton. Hopes were finally ended by an insipid 0-0 draw with QPR which relegated both teams.

Premier League (19th, Relegated)

       Stoke City        H  D  1-1         Le Fondre (pen)
       Chelsea           A  L  2-4         Pogrebnyak, Guthrie
       Tottenham H       H  L  1-3         Robson-Kanu
       West Bromwich A   A  L  0-1
       Newcastle Utd     H  D  2-2         Kébé, Hunt
       Swansea City      A  D  2-2         Pogrebnyak, Hunt
       Liverpool         A  L  0-1
       Fulham            H  D  3-3         Leig'wood, McCleary, Robson-Kanu
       Queens Park Rang  A  D  1-1         Gorkšs
       Norwich City      H  D  0-0
       Everton           H  W  2-1         Le Fondre 2 (1 pen)
       Wigan Athletic    A  L  2-3         Morrison, Al-Habsi (og)
       Aston Villa       A  L  0-1
       Manchester Utd    H  L  3-4         Robson-Kanu, Le Fondre, Morrison
       Southampton       A  L  0-1
       Sunderland        A  L  0-3
       Arsenal           H  L  2-5         Le Fondre, Kébé
       Manchester C      A  L  0-1
       Swansea City      H  D  0-0
       West Ham Utd      H  W  1-0         Pogrebnyak
       Tottenham H       A  L  1-3         Pogrebnyak
       West Bromwich A   H  W  3-2         Kébé, Le Fondre (pen), Pogrebnyak
       Newcastle Utd     A  W  2-1         Le Fondre 2
       Chelsea           H  D  2-2         Le Fondre 2
       Sunderland        H  W  2-1         Kébé 2
       Stoke City        A  L  1-2         Mariappa
       Wigan Athletic    H  L  0-3
       Everton           A  L  1-3         Robson-Kanu
       Aston Villa       H  L  1-2         Baker (og)
       Manchester Utd    A  L  0-1
       Arsenal           A  L  1-4         Robson-Kanu
       Southampton       H  L  0-2
       Liverpool         H  D  0-0
       Norwich City      A  L  1-2         McCleary
       Queens Park Rang  H  D  0-0
       Fulham            A  W  4-2         Robson-Kanu 2 (1 pen), Le Fondre, Karacan
       Manchester C      H  L  0-2
       West Ham Utd      A  L  2-4         McCleary, Le Fondre

Premier League Table

                        PL  HW HD HL  HF  HA  AW AD AL  AF  AA  PTS
 1. Manchester Utd      38  16  0  3  45  19  12  5  2  41  24   89
 2. Manchester C        38  14  3  2  41  15   9  6  4  25  19   78
 3. Chelsea             38  12  5  2  41  16  10  4  5  34  23   75
 4. Arsenal             38  11  5  3  47  23  10  5  4  25  14   73
 5. Tottenham H         38  11  5  3  29  18  10  4  5  37  28   72
 6. Everton             38  12  6  1  33  17   4  9  6  22  23   63
 7. Liverpool           38   9  6  4  33  16   7  7  5  38  27   61
 8. West Bromwich A     38   9  4  6  32  25   5  3 11  21  32   49
 9. Swansea City        38   6  8  5  28  26   5  5  9  19  25   46
10. West Ham Utd        38   9  6  4  34  22   3  4 12  11  31   46
11. Norwich City        38   8  7  4  25  20   2  7 10  16  38   44
12. Fulham              38   7  3  9  28  30   4  7  8  22  30   43
13. Stoke City          38   7  7  5  21  22   2  8  9  13  23   42
14. Southampton         38   6  7  6  26  24   3  7  9  23  36   41
15. Aston Villa         38   5  5  9  23  28   5  6  8  24  41   41
16. Newcastle Utd       38   9  1  9  24  31   2  7 10  21  37   41
17. Sunderland          38   5  8  6  20  19   4  4 11  21  35   39
18. Wigan Athletic      38   4  6  9  26  39   5  3 11  21  34   36
19. READING             38   4  8  7  23  33   2  2 15  20  40   28
20. Queens Park Rang    38   2  8  9  13  28   2  5 12  17  32   25

Position Graph

Position Graph

FA Cup

R3     Crawley Town1     A  W  3-1         Le Fondre 2 (1 pen), Hunt
R4     Sheffield Utd1    H  W  4-0         Hunt 2, Leig'wood, McCleary
R5     Manchester UtdP   A  L  1-2         McAnuff
League Cup
R2     Peterborough UC   H  W  3-2         Pogrebnyak, Gunter, Knight-Percival (og)
R3     Queens Park RangP A  W  3-2         Gorkšs, Shorey, Pogrebnyak
R4     ArsenalP          H  L  5-7 *       +

       * after extra time
       + Roberts, Koscielny (og), Leig'wood, Hunt, Pogrebnyak

Top Scorers

                        LG  FA  LC  MC  ALL  PEN  HAT    RATE
 1. Adam Le Fondre      12   2   0   0   14    4    0   0.378
 2. Pavel Pogrebnyak     5   0   3   0    8    0    0   0.250
 3. Hal Robson-Kanu      7   0   0   0    7    1    0   0.233
 4. Noel Hunt            2   3   1   0    6    0    0   0.200
 5. Jimmy Kébé           5   0   0   0    5    0    0   0.263
 6. Garath McCleary      3   1   0   0    4    0    0   0.108
 7. Mikele Leig'wood     1   1   1   0    3    0    0   0.088
 8. Sean Morrison        2   0   0   0    2    0    0   0.095
 9. Kaspars Gorkšs       1   0   1   0    2    0    0   0.118
10. Danny Guthrie        1   0   0   0    1    0    0   0.040
    Jem Karacan          1   0   0   0    1    0    0   0.038
    Adrian Mariappa      1   0   0   0    1    0    0   0.031
13. Jobi McAnuff         0   1   0   0    1    0    0   0.024
14. Chris Gunter         0   0   1   0    1    0    0   0.043
    Jason Roberts        0   0   1   0    1    0    0   0.083
    Nicky Shorey         0   0   1   0    1    0    0   0.048
17. Own goals            2   0   2   0    4    0    0   0.091
    Line
    Totals              43   8  11   0   62    5    0   1.409

Most Appearances

                        LG    FA    LC    MC    ALL     SUM
 1. Jobi McAnuff        38     1     1+1   0     40+1    41
 2. Garath McCleary     15+16  3     2+1   0     20+17   37
 3. Adam Le Fondre      11+23  3     0     0     14+23   37
 4. Mikele Leig'wood    29+1   2     2     0     33+1    34
 5. Adrian Mariappa     29     2     1     0     32      32
 6. Pavel Pogrebnyak    26+3   0     2+1   0     28+4    32
 7. Hal Robson-Kanu     13+12  2+1   2     0     17+13   30
 8. Noel Hunt           10+14  3     2+1   0     15+15   30
 9. Adam Federici       21     3     2     0     26      26
    Jem Karacan         21     3     2     0     26      26
11. Danny Guthrie       19+2   0+3   1     0     20+5    25
12. Chris Gunter        20     0+1   2     0     22+1    23
13. Alex Pearce         18+1   1     1     0     20+1    21
14. Nicky Shorey        16+1   2     2     0     20+1    21
15. Sean Morrison       15+1   3     1+1   0     19+2    21
16. Jimmy Kébé          16+2   0     1     0     17+2    19
17. Stephen Kelly       16     2     0     0     18      18
18. Ian Harte           15+1   1     1     0     17+1    18
19. Kaspars Gorkšs      14     0     3     0     17      17
20. Jay Tabb            12     1     2+1   0     15+1    16
21. Alex McCarthy       13     0     1     0     14      14
22. Jason Roberts        8+3   0     1     0      9+3    12
23. Shaun Cummings       9     1     1     0     11      11
24. Nick Blackman        3+8   0     0     0      3+8    11
25. Hope Akpan           6+3   0     0     0      6+3     9
26. Stuart Taylor        4     0     0     0      4       4
27. Daniel Carriço       1+2   0     0     0      1+2     3
28. Dominic Samuel       0+1   0     0     0      0+1     1
29. Simon Church         0     0     0+1   0      0+1     1
    Line
    Totals              38     3     3     0     44      44