2010–11 Reading F.C. season
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|Chairman||Sir John Madejski|
|FA Cup||Quarter final vs Manchester City|
|League Cup||2nd Round|
Shane Long (23)
Shane Long (25)
|Highest home attendance||23,677 v Leeds United
|Lowest home attendance||14,029 v Coventry City
|Average home league attendance||17,681|
The 2010-11 season was Reading's third season back in the Championship, since relegation from the Premier League in 2008. Having become Reading manager in January 2010, this was Brian McDermott's first full season in charge at the club.
- 1 Season review
- 2 Squad
- 3 Transfers
- 4 Competitions
- 5 Squad statistics
- 6 Awards
- 7 Team kit
- 8 Notes
- 9 References
See also Football League Championship 2010-11
Summer transfers Left-back Marcus Williams joined Reading on a free transfer on 11 May 2010, having played seven seasons for Scunthorpe United. Right-back Andy Griffin signed for the club for a nominal fee on 1 July, having made 25 league appearances for Reading, on loan from Stoke City in the 2009–10 season. The transfer deadline day saw the arrival of Zurab Khizanishvili on loan from Blackburn Rovers and Ian Harte from Carlisle United.
Marek Matějovský joined Sparta Prague for a fee of £650,000 on 11 June 2010, having made 56 appearances for the Royals in two-and-a-half years at the club. Kalifa Cissé left the club after three years, signed by former Reading manager Steve Coppell for Bristol City on 9 July 2010. Cissé made 83 appearances for Reading, scoring seven goals. The transfer window also saw the departure of Gylfi Sigurðsson to German Bundesliga club 1899 Hoffenheim for £7 million.
The Royals then departed on tour to Slovenia, where they enjoyed a 3–1 victory over a Red Star Belgrade B-side, a game in which Marcus Williams made his first appearance for the club. Alex Pearce headed a first-half response for Reading, after Belgrade had taken the lead, and Simon Church sealed the victory with two second-half goals. A third consecutive win followed, as Reading defeated top-flight Croatian side Inter Zaprešić 2–0, with goals from Matt Mills and James Henry. Reading then suffered their first loss of the pre-season campaign, in the final game of the tour, with a 1–0 defeat against NK Celje, striker Gorazd Zajc scored the only goal in the game.
Returning to England, Reading got back to winning ways, coming from behind to beat Wycombe Wanderers 2–1, thanks to goals from Gylfi Sigurðsson, from the penalty spot, and Hal Robson-Kanu. Another 2–1 victory followed in the Royals penultimate pre-season friendly, as another Sigurðsson penalty, and a second half goal from Michail Antonio saw Reading past Wolverhampton Wanderers. Reading's final game of pre-season was a 4–2 victory at Southampton, courtesy of goals from Sigurðsson, Church (2) and Antonio.
Reading's league season began in disappointing style with a 2–1 home defeat to Scunthorpe United. After the visitors had taken an early lead through a disputed Garry Thompson goal – the linesman flagging for offside and subsequently overruled by the referee – Gylfi Sigurðsson put Reading on level terms from 25 yards. Despite enjoying spells of pressure, the Royals were unable to find another goal, and Rob Jones headed home a corner to give Scunthorpe the victory.
Reading progressed to the second round of the League Cup with a narrow victory over Torquay United, Grzegorz Rasiak bundling home the winner in the final minute of extra-time. A league draw at Portsmouth followed, the Royals coming from behind to take a point as Jimmy Kébé poked the ball home in the 87th minute following a goal-mouth scramble. The next game Reading went 1–0 up against promotion favourites Nottingham Forest from an Alex Pearce volley, but goalkeeper Adam Federici made a horrible mistake in giving Forest the equaliser by kicking the ball into Jem Karacan which resulted in Robert Earnshaw turning in from close range.
Reading then played League Two opponents Northampton Town in the League Cup in which Reading went 1–0 up courtesy of a Matt Mills backheeler from a Brian Howard corner. Northampton equalised with a horrible mistake from goalkeeper Ben Hamer where he dropped the ball twice in a row to allow Andy Holt a tap-in. Reading went back into the lead with a goal from Hal Robson-Kanu after some saves from the Northampton goalkeeper Oscar Jansson, but again Hamer erred, granting Kevin Thornton the equaliser. In extra time, however, Matt Mills put Reading ahead again only to then score an own goal at the end. Reading subsequently lost 4–2 on penalties, with Simon Church and Jake Taylor having their shots saved. In their next game, Reading won 2–1 over Leicester City with a lob from Gylfi Sigurðsson and a bullet header from Mills. Leicester had equalised with a long range shot from Lloyd Dyer but Reading scored in the 86th minute to hold Leicester at bay for their first win of the season.
On 11 September, after the international break and the sale of Sigurðsson, Reading beat Crystal Palace 3–0. The first goal was a penalty won and scored by Shane Long after he cut in from the left and was taken out by Paddy McCarthy. The second was also a penalty after Jem Karacan ran the whole pitch with the ball, to pass to Long who cut in again and was taken out by Julian Bennett. New signing Ian Harte took responsibility and scored. The third was in extra time when Brian Howard lofted a pass to Jimmy Kébé, who then cut in and fired past Julián Speroni. Next, Reading had an away game against in-form Millwall where it ended 0–0 after some brilliant saves by Adam Federici and Millwall goalkeeper David Forde. Reading then lost 3–1 to Middlesbrough after they went 1–0 down in 24 seconds thanks to Scottish midfielder Barry Robson. Next, an ex-Reading player came back to haunt them; Leroy Lita scored to make it 2–0, but a few minutes later, Kébé got one back after he dribbled round two players then passed back to Brian Howard, who laid him off. David Wheater, however, capped it off for Middlesbrough with a header past Adam Federici. Just before the full-time whistle Brian Howard was shown a straight red after a tackle on Andy Halliday.
Next, Reading beat Barnsley 3–0 with three goals in the last 12 minutes. Chris Armstrong made a comeback after 11⁄2 seasons out of action with a knee injury. Kébé again put Reading in the lead with a bullet header from substitute Hal Robson-Kanu's cross. Ian Harte then curled a perfect free-kick past Luke Steele to make it 2–0. Robson-Kanu then capped it off with a 50-yard run and then a cool finish under goalkeeper Luke Steele. On the 61st minute, however, Zurab Khizanishvili was sent off after a tackle that never was on Chris Wood. On 28 September, a Tuesday, Reading beat Ipswich Town 1–0 after substitute Simon Church came on and after 30 seconds on, he had the ball in the net. Jem Karacan's shot was steered in well by Church and Matt Mills was sent off for two bookable offences; this marked three Reading red cards in three games.
Reading opened October with a trip to Preston North End, earning a 1–1 draw. The Royals went behind in the first-half with a goal from Preston's Keith Treacy, but in the 55th minute, Reading drew level through a sensational 25-yard volley from Jem Karacan. Reading then lost at home to Swansea City by a slim margin, Scott Sinclair giving ex-Reading manager Brendan Rodgers a happy return with his new Swans side. The Tuesday after, Reading again lost, this time to Bristol City with a goal from striker Danny Haynes on 28 minutes. In the next game, Reading beat an "unbeaten-at-home" Burnley 4–0. The first goal came from a Shane Long penalty which he won after being slipped through by Jay Tabb and was fouled by Leon Cort. The next came from Jobi McAnuff after Ian Harte fired in a free-kick and Matt Mills' shot fell to McAnuff to volley in. Soon after, substitute Michail Antonio tapped in Shane Long's cross, while other substitute Simon Church belted in a shot at a tight angle from a Brian Howard pass.
Reading's next match was a 4–3 victory over Doncaster Rovers, coming back from 3–1 down. Matt Mills opened up the scoring early only to have James Hayter eqilise. Shelton Martis then put Doncaster in the lead, while two minutes into the second-half, Dean Shiels made it 3–1. Reading brought on Noel Hunt and Simon Church, and Hunt made an immediate impact by crossing in for Jem Karacan to head past Neil Sullivan. Then Harte whipped a superb free-kick into the top corner and to finish off, Church belted in substitute Antonio's squareball.
On 8 March 2011, Chris Armstrong announced his retirement from football following being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Later on in the day, Reading travelled to Ipswich and won 3–1 thanks to goals from Shane Long, Ian Harte and Noel Hunt, while Connor Wickham scored a consolation goal in injury time at the end of the second-half for Ipswich. Reading's next game was a FA Cup quarter-final match against Manchester City at the City of Manchester Stadium. Reading played well before eventually conceding a 74th-minute goal to Micah Richards that turned out to be the only goal of the game, thus eliminating Reading from the FA Cup. Reading where back playing in the Championship on 19 March away at Barnsley; it was a close game, with the winner for the Royals coming in the 71st minute thanks to second-half substitute Mathieu Manset.
Reading's Good Friday game against fellow promotion chasers Leeds United ended 0–0 to end a run of eight wins on the trot. On 25 April, a Monday, Reading lost their recent unbeaten record of 13 games in a 3–2 defeat at home to relegation threatened Sheffield United. Reading went 2–0 up inside 20 minutes through Noel Hunt and Hal Robson-Kanu before ex-Royal Darius Henderson pulled one back on 30 minutes and Lee Williamson converted on the stroke of half-time. In the second-half, Henderson scored again to seal the win for the Blades. At Reading's final away game of the season, at Coventry City on Saturday, 30 April, they secured the point they need to secure their place in this season's Championship play-offs with a 0–0 draw.
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Left club during season
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|8 March 2011||LB||Chris Armstrong||Retired|
|2 June 2011||WG||Abdulai Bell-Baggie||Yeovil Town||August 2011|
|2 June 2011||CB||Ívar Ingimarsson||Ipswich Town||13 June 2011|
|2 June 2011||MF||Danny Joyce||Bohemian||January 2012|
|2 June 2011||FW||David Mooney||Leyton Orient||23 July 2011|
|2 June 2011||MF||Erik Opsahl||Dalkurd FF||1 September 2011|
|2 June 2011||MF||James Rowe||Forest Green Rovers||2 August 2011|
position / round
|First match||Last match|
|Football League Championship 2010–11||—||5 (Playoffs)||7 August 2010||30 May 2011|
|Football League Cup||1st round||2nd round||11 August 2010||24 August 2010|
|FA Cup||3rd round||6th round||8 January 2011||13 March 2011|
Last updated: 30 May 2011
Last updated: 7 May 2011.
Source: Reading FC
|7 August 2010 1||Reading||1 – 2||Scunthorpe United||Madejski Stadium|
|15:00 BST (UTC+1)||Sigurðsson 26'||Report||Thompson 9'
|14 August 2010 2||Portsmouth||1 – 1||Reading||Fratton Park|
|15:00 BST (UTC+1)||Çiftçi 8'||Report||Kébé 86'||Attendance: 16,497
|21 August 2010 3||Reading||1 – 1||Nottingham Forest||Madejski Stadium|
|15:00 BST (UTC+1)||Pearce 16'||Report||Earnshaw 49'||Attendance: 17,324
|28 August 2010 4||Leicester City||1 – 2||Reading||Walkers Stadium|
|17:20 BST (UTC+1)||Dyer 52'||Report||Sigurðsson 23'
|11 September 2010 5||Reading||3 – 0||Crystal Palace||Madejski Stadium|
|15:00 BST (UTC+1)||Long 37' (pen.)
Harte 65' (pen.)
|14 September 2010 6||Millwall||0 – 0||Reading||The Den|
|19:45 BST (UTC+1)||Report||Attendance: 11,061
|18 September 2010 7||Middlesbrough||3 – 1||Reading||Riverside Stadium|
|15:00 BST (UTC+1)||Robson 1'
|Report||Kébé 44'||Attendance: 15,158
|25 September 2010 8||Reading||3 – 0||Barnsley||Madejski Stadium|
|15:00 BST (UTC+1)||Kébé 78'
|28 September 2010 9||Reading||1 – 0||Ipswich Town||Madejski Stadium|
|19:45 BST (UTC+1)||Church 88'||Report||Attendance: 15,763
|2 October 2010 10||Preston North End||1 – 1||Reading||Deepdale|
|15:00 BST (UTC+1)||Treacy 22'||Report||Karacan 50'||Attendance: 10,269
|16 October 2010 11||Reading||0 – 1||Swansea City||Madejski Stadium|
|15:00 BST (UTC+1)||Report||Sinclair 35'||Attendance: 18,418
|19 October 2010 12||Bristol City||1 – 0||Reading||Ashton Gate|
|19:45 BST (UTC+1)||Haynes 29'||Report||Attendance: 13,519
|23 October 2010 13||Burnley||0 – 4||Reading||Turf Moor|
|15:00 BST (UTC+1)||Report||Long 8' (pen)
|30 October 2010 14||Reading||4 – 3||Doncaster Rovers||Madejski Stadium|
|15:00 BST (UTC+1)||Mills 10'
|6 November 2010 15||Queens Park Rangers||3 – 1||Reading||Loftus Road|
|15:00 GMT||Taarabt 26' (pen.)
|Report||Long 68'||Attendance: 15,692
|10 November 2010 16||Reading||1 – 1||Cardiff City||Madejski Stadium|
|20:00 GMT||Hunt 5'||Report||Bothroyd 79'||Attendance: 17,960
|13 November 2010 17||Reading||3 – 3||Norwich City||Madejski Stadium|
|17:20 GMT||Harte 29'
Long 62' (pen.)
|Report||R. Martin 16'
|20 November 2010 18||Watford||1 – 1||Reading||Vicarage Road|
|15:00 GMT||Deeney 40'||Report||Hunt 15'||Attendance: 12,196
|27 November 2010 19||Reading||0 – 0||Leeds United||Madejski Stadium|
|15:00 GMT||Report||Attendance: 23,677
|11 December 2010 20||Reading||0 – 0||Coventry City||Madejski Stadium|
|15:00 GMT||Report||Attendance: 14,029
|18 December 2010 21||Derby County||1 – 2||Reading||Pride Park Stadium|
|15:00 GMT||Commons 61'||Report||Long 43' (pen.), 88'||Attendance: 24,514
|26 December 2010 22||Reading||4 – 1||Bristol City||Madejski Stadium|
|15:00 GMT||McAnuff 31'
Long 66', 89'
|Report||Stead 15'||Attendance: 19,293
|28 December 2010 23||Hull City||1 – 1||Reading||KC Stadium|
|15:00 GMT||Harper 39'||Report||Church 81'||Attendance: 21,975
|1 January 2011 24||Swansea City||1 – 0||Reading||Liberty Stadium|
|15:00 GMT||Pratley 66'||Report||Attendance: 14,329
|3 January 2011 25||Reading||2 – 1||Burnley||Madejski Stadium|
|15:00 GMT||Long 31', 68'||Report||Wallace 29'||Attendance: 16,151
|15 January 2011 26||Doncaster Rovers||0 – 3||Reading||Keepmoat Stadium|
|15:00 GMT||Report||Long 29'
|22 January 2011 27||Reading||1 – 1||Hull City||Madejski Stadium|
|15:00 GMT||Harte 80' (pen.)||Report||Evans 51'||Attendance: 16,494
|2 February 2011 28||Cardiff City||2 – 2||Reading||Cardiff City Stadium|
|19:45 GMT||Bothroyd 48'
|4 February 2011 29||Reading||0 – 1||Queens Park Rangers||Madejski Stadium|
|19:45 GMT||Report||Routledge 83'
|12 February 2011 30||Norwich City||2 – 1||Reading||Carrow Road|
|15:00 GMT||Lansbury 16'
|15 February 2011 31||Sheffield United||1 – 1||Reading||Bramall Lane|
|19:45 GMT||Bogdanović 88' (pen.)||Report||Long 81'||Attendance: 19,271
|19 February 2011 32||Reading||1 – 1||Watford||Madejski Stadium|
|15:00 GMT||Hunt 50'||Report||Weimann 27'||Attendance: 16,934
|22 February 2011 33||Reading||2 – 1||Millwall||Madejski Stadium|
|20:00 GMT||Hunt 3'
|Report||Harris 46'||Attendance: 15,934
|26 February 2011 34||Crystal Palace||3 – 3||Reading||Selhurst Park|
|15:00 GMT||Ambrose 1'
|Report||Long 30' (pen.)
|5 March 2011 35||Reading||5 – 2||Middlesbrough||Madejski Stadium|
|15:00 GMT||Robson-Kanu 14'
Harte 35', 48'
Long 53', 68'
|Report||Lita 29', 72' (pen.)||Attendance: 18,568
|8 March 2011 36||Ipswich Town||1 – 3||Reading||Portman Road|
|19:45 GMT||Wickham 90+3||Report||Long 18'
|19 March 2011 37||Barnsley||0 – 1||Reading||Oakwell|
|15:00 GMT||Report||Manset 71'||Attendance: 10,284
|2 April 2011 38||Reading||2 – 0||Portsmouth||Madejski Stadium|
|15:00 BST (UTC+1)||Long 30', 37' (pen.)||Report||Attendance: 21,896
|5 April 2011 39||Reading||2 – 1||Preston North End||Madejski Stadium|
|20:00 BST (UTC+1)||Kébé 20'
|Report||McCarthy 51' (o.g.)||Attendance: 14,844
|9 April 2011 40||Nottingham Forest||3 – 4||Reading||City Ground|
|15:00 BST (UTC+1)||Kris Boyd 37' (pen.)
McGugan 88' (pen.)
|12 April 2011 41||Scunthorpe United||0 – 2||Reading||Glanford Park|
|19:45 BST (UTC+1)||[Report]||Long 57'
Harte 63' (pen.)
|16 April 2011 42||Reading||3 – 1||Leicester City||Madejski Stadium|
|15:00 BST (UTC+1)||Kébé 19'
|Report||King 79'||Attendance: 19,199
|22 April 2011 43||Leeds United||0 – 0||Reading||Elland Road|
|19:45 BST (UTC+1)||Report||Attendance: 24,564
|25 April 2011 44||Reading||2 – 3||Sheffield United||Madejski Stadium|
|15:00 BST (UTC+1)||Hunt 8'
|Report[permanent dead link]||Henderson 29', 50'
|30 April 2011 45||Coventry City||0 – 0||Reading||Ricoh Arena|
|15:00 BST (UTC+1)||Report||Attendance: 22,436
|7 May 2011 46||Reading||2 – 1||Derby County||Madejski Stadium|
|12:45 BST (UTC+1)||Harte 24' (pen.)
|Report||Ward 32'||Attendance: 21,902
|13 May 2011 1st Leg||Reading||0 – 0||Cardiff City||Madejski Stadium|
|19:45 BST (UTC)||Report||Attendance: 21,485
Referee: Mark Halsey
|17 May 2011 2nd Leg||Cardiff City||0 – 3
(0 – 3 agg.)
|Reading||Cardiff City Stadium|
|19:45 BST (UTC)||Report||Long 28', 45' (pen.)
Referee: Howard Webb
|30 May 2011||Reading||2 – 4||Swansea City||Wembley Stadium, London|
|15:00 BST (UTC)||Allen 49' (o.g.)
|Report||Sinclair 21' (pen.), 22', 80' (pen.)
Referee: Phil Dowd
|C||Queens Park Rangers||46||24||16||6||71||32||+39||88|
|R||Preston North End||46||10||12||24||54||79||-25||42|
|Promotion to Premier League|
|Qualification to Championship playoffs|
|Relegation to League One|
|Last updated: 11:02, 8 May 2011 (UTC)|
|11 August 2010 First Round||Torquay United||0 – 1 (a.e.t.)||Reading||Plainmoor|
|19:45 BST (UTC)||Report||Rasiak 120'||Attendance: 2,832
|24 August 2010 Second Round||Reading||3 – 3 (a.e.t.)
(2 – 4 p)
|Northampton Town||Madejski Stadium|
|20:00 BST (UTC)||Mills 15', 113'
Mills 120' (o.g.)
|8 January 2011 Third Round||Reading||1 – 0||West Bromwich Albion||Madejski Stadium|
|15:00 GMT||Long 41'||Report||Attendance: 13,005
|29 January 2011 Fourth Round||Stevenage||1 – 2||Reading||Broadhall Way|
|15:00 GMT||Charles 72'||Report||Leigertwood 23'
|1 March 2011 Fifth Round||Everton||0 – 1||Reading||Goodison Park|
|19:30 GMT||Report||Mills 26'||Attendance: 29,976
|13 March 2011 Quarter-Final||Manchester City||1 – 0||Reading||City of Manchester Stadium|
|16:45 GMT||Richards 74'||Report||Attendance: 41,150
Appearances and goals
- As of match played 30 May 2011
|No.||Pos||Nat||Player||Total||Championship||Playoffs||FA Cup||League Cup|
|Players who appeared for Reading but left during the season:|
- As of match played 30 May 2011
|Place||Position||Nation||Number||Name||Championship||Playoff||FA Cup||League Cup||Total|
- As of match played 30 May 2011
|Position||Nation||Number||Name||Championship||Play-offs||FA Cup||League Cup||Total|
Player of the Season
Player of the Month
Manager of the Month
Team of the Week
|Week 28||DF||Ian Harte|
|Week 30||DF||Ívar Ingimarsson|
|Week 32||DF||Ian Harte|
|Week 34||MF||Jimmy Kébé|
|Week 36||GK||Adam Federici|
The 2010–11 Reading F.C. kits.
- Karacan was born in Lewisham, England, but also qualifies to represent Turkey internationally through his father and has represented Turkey at every youth level.
- Tabb was born in Wandsworth, England, but also qualified to represent the Republic of Ireland and represented Ireland at U-21 level in 2005.
- Leigertwood was born in Enfield, England, but qualified to represent Antigua and Barbuda and made his international debut for Antigua and Barbuda in November 2008.
- McAnuff was born in Enfield, England, but qualified to represent Jamaica and made his international debut for Jamaica in May 2002.
- Kébé was born in Vitry-sur-Seine, France, but qualified to represent Mali internationally and made his international debut for Mali in 2004.
- Church was born in High Wycombe, England, but also qualifies to represent Wales through his grandparents and made his international debut for the Welsh U-21 side in August 2007 before making his full international debut for Wales in May 2009.
- Robson-Kanu was born in Ealing, England, and represented England at U-19 and U-20 level, but also qualified to represent Wales through his grandmother and made his international debut for the Welsh U-21 side in May 2010 before making his full international debut for Wales five days later.
- Cummings was born in Hammersmith, England, but qualified to represent Jamaica and made his international debut for Jamaica in September 2013.
- Taylor was born in Ascot, England, and but chose to represent Wales, qualifying through his grandfather who has born in Barry. Taylor has represented Wales at U-17, U-19 and U-21 level.
- Pearce was born in Oxford, England, but qualified to represent Scotland and the Republic of Ireland internationally through his parents and made his international debut for the Scottish U-21 side in May 2008, going on to represent Ireland at full international level in September 2012.
- Davies was born in Aylesbury, England, but qualified to represent the Republic of Ireland internationally. Davies was called up to the Republic of Ireland under-21 squad to face Germany on 10 February 2009, but was an unused substitute.
- Bell-Baggie was born in Sierra Leone, but qualified to represent England, representing the U-16's and U-17's before making his debut for Sierra Leone in June 2013.
- Hector was born in East Ham, England, but qualified to represent Jamaica and made his international debut for Jamaica in June 2015.
- Armstrong was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, but qualified to represent Scotland internationally through his grandmother. Despite appearing for English U-21 side in the 2002 Toulon Tournament. FIFA have now allowed him to represent Scotland. Armstrong went on to play for Scotland B against the Republic of Ireland B team at the Excelsior Stadium on 20 November 2007.
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