Mark Bowen’s Reading side are now seven Championship games without a win after suffering defeat to West Bromwich Albion on Wednesday night.
The Royals went a goal up through Romanian striker George Puscas but Matheus Pereira and Kyle Bartley scored either side of half time to secure the three points for top-of-the-table West Brom.
Reading are in a poor vein of form and have tough trips to Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United coming up next.
Here are THREE things Bowen needs to change after Reading’s loss to West Brom…
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Leave John Swift out
Swift has been impressive on the whole throughout the Championship campaign and has scored five times in the league with goals coming against sides such as Fulham and Preston North End. He has also been an important creative presence, contributing nine assists in the division.
However, in recent weeks his performances have dropped and he’s been playing a lot of games including an FA Cup replay away at Cardiff City that went on for 120 minutes. A break could do him the world of good to allow him to come back refreshed and ready for the run-in.
Put Yakou Meite closer to the forward
Reading started with just the one striker up top on Wednesday night and that was Puscas. Bowen decided to play Meite out on the wing and at times the forward-line didn’t click as Bowen would have imagined.
Meite needs to be much closer to Puscas in order for them both to be more involved. They both looked isolated at times and it means that Puscas comes looking for the ball which brings him even deeper.
It could be a strike partnership with promise but you feel the duo need to play closer together.
Start Andy Rinomhota
The midfielder came on against West Brom and was producing the type of energy that the Royals seemed to lack throughout the first 50 minutes of the game. Rinomhota was getting stuck in on West Brom’s creative trio and it allowed Reading to get back in the game.
Reading travel to Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, and it’s the perfect opportunity for Rinomhota to come into the side and prove to the manager why he should be in the first XI.