Reading have had an inconsistent season and are now seven games without a win in the Championship.
The Royals fell to defeat on Wednesday night when they battled valiantly but eventually came out second-best to West Bromwich Albion.
With the season coming to an end in 14 games time, we take a look at where Reading will end up in an FLW Six Pointer…
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What’s the recent form been like?
“Poor. Very poor. Reading have struggled recently and have failed to find three points in any of their last seven league games. Ever since victory over Fulham on New Years Day, it seems to have been a downhill spiral with the only excitement left their FA Cup run.”
Are the fans happy?
“They’re in a somewhat odd predicament. The supporters of the team are certainly not happy but compared to under Jose Gomes they have to be delighted with how things have gone with new manager Mark Bowen.
“They have to be sure that they don’t slide into another relegation battle and Bowen has to end the season well. If not, there will already be pressure on the boss before the start of the next campaign.”
Who has played poorly?
“It’s been a collective issue, as the players seem to be playing worse than they were over the Christmas period. The draw with Hull City was particularly disappointing and the Royals have to improve in the future.
“A few key players, such as John Swift and Ovie Ejaria have had a dip in form, and this has meant that Reading have struggled to create chances over the last couple of weeks.”
Can they pick up form again?
“Yes, if you look at the run-in that Reading have, it is very favourable and could see them earn quite a few wins before the season is out.
“However, the next two games are tough trips to Yorkshire where the Royals travel to face Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United. A loss in both could see them slip into serious relegation trouble.”
Is finishing below mid-table a disappointing season?
“No, but it depends on the way they finish the season. If Reading end up around 15th, then it will not be bad at all compared to other seasons.
“However, considering what they spent in the summer transfer window and some of their previous victories, there is an expectation among some supporters that they should be doing better and at least challenging for the top half.”
Where will they finish?
“It looks as though they’ll end up between 13th and 17th. They’re currently not good enough to get into the top half of the table but yet are not so bad that they are in the fight for the drop. It’ll be interesting to see whether they can show an improvement before the season is out.”