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Match Day Moments - Reading (a)

Match Day Moments - Reading (a)

I`m not a great fan of 20:00 hour kick-offs!

After a long day in the office, I find it hard to switch back on and intently focus on what is happening on the field of play. For some strange reason, the fifteen minute difference between 20:00 hours and the usual 19:45 hours kick off; makes all the difference.

But, like you all, I`ll battle on tonight as Chelsea travel down the M4 to take on Reading in a game some reckon has banana-skin written all over it.

As usual we`ll be running our familiar Match Day Moments thread, in which we invite you to participate.

Please feel free to discuss the starting eleven selected by Rafa Benitez, the action a sit unfolds and your views about the performance, at the final whistle.



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Merlin
Date:Wednesday January 30 2013
Time: 1:05PM

Comments

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I predict another win on the road. Althought its going to be hard fought.
Ohans
30/01/2013 13:43:00
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so soon
Blue India
30/01/2013 13:46:00
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its not 20.00 hours is india yet. So it is almost 7 hours away
Blue India
30/01/2013 13:48:00
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20.00hrs,19.45hrs we've been choking up midweek games for weeks now. Let's hope we get this one done and dusted.
nelyvanile
30/01/2013 13:55:00
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Do I sense an excuse ahead of the game,just in case we chock it up; Benitez said: “The problem is for the top sides, especially if you’re successful. Reading have played around 13 fewer games than us. Reading play with intensity and will be tough.” Okay then noted!
nelyvanile
30/01/2013 13:59:00
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Do I sense an excuse ahead of the game,just in case we chock it up; Benitez said: “The problem is for the top sides, especially if you’re successful. Reading have played around 13 fewer games than us. Reading play with intensity and will be tough.” Okay then noted!
nelyvanile
30/01/2013 14:00:00
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Let's look at the FACTS - - We lost the World Club Cup to a Corinthians team that we could and should have beaten. - We went out of the Capital One Cup with barely a whimper. - We are 9 points further down in the Premier League than we were when Rafael Benitez was employed. Our league form (including losing at home to QPR and away to West Ham) is worse than the blip that got Di Matteo sacked. - Baffling tactics including like for like swaps for defenders when we are losing and a complete inability to change the game has become the hallmark of our interim manager. - Rafael Benitez's win % record so far is one of the worst in the Abramovich era, worse than managers who have previously been sacked by the club. - More importantly than any of the above, the unity has been lost at the football club. A number of our supporters feel disconnected and disenfranchised from the club that they love to the extent that some have stopped going, whilst the atmosphere at home games has declined.
Lakupiippu
30/01/2013 14:11:00
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@nely...our thinking is sooo similar...looool....anyways it does not look like we'll be bringing anybody in this January eccept maybe a weee chance for but-land -, (I love that name, its a lot better than turn-bull..lol..)...makes me both happy and sad...sad bcos the squad is scarily thin as I really want a top 4 finish and dont want us to take unnecesary risks....and of course I am very happy bcos this gives yet the clearest indication to both the fans and tubby that tubby wont be staying beyond the summer (He has probably dusted his cv already looking for that next job) and hopefully the board has started working on an apt replacemment as well as the overall structure of the team...which suggests early preparation for next season and beyond which for me should mark the begining of a new dawn for our club if we do it right...May the good Lord of my forefathers grant us a top three finish (Amen)...I am fully behind the team and our crazy board...I hope they make the right calls.
layorh12
30/01/2013 14:25:00
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hate the kickoff time. to late to stay in the office to watch, massive traffic snarl if you want to leave office early to watch at home... anyways will try and watch it somehow and cheer the boys as best as i can. however with Turnbull between the sticks, he have serious reasons to fear.
Dwonder
30/01/2013 14:32:00
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hate the kickoff time. to late to stay in the office to watch, massive traffic snarl if you want to leave office early to watch at home... anyways will try and watch it somehow and cheer the boys as best as i can. however with Turnbull between the sticks, I have serious reasons to fear.
Dwonder
30/01/2013 14:33:00
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We will need to win this one as manchester city drew yesterday and it will be a chance to close the gap. I think we will make the top three - possibly second place and win the chelsea cup(fa cup) too
djangbahevans
30/01/2013 14:36:00
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@Dwonder...good point about turn-bull...cant remember the last we kept a clean sheet when he is in goal...God have mercy!
layorh12
30/01/2013 14:41:00
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There are games where goalkeepers become anonymous and we win without them really having any influence whatsoever, if anything at all, this should be one of those days. I dont expect us to give reading to any chance whatsoever so that we can win inspite of turnbull
djangbahevans
30/01/2013 15:01:00
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is it me or does @lakipippu's post look like an extract of the Kick out Rafa Benitez online petition? lmao
JohnnyOz
30/01/2013 15:20:00
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i think we now should prioritise league over anything else. The thin squad can only bear so much.
Blue India
30/01/2013 15:31:00
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@Johnny...thats about the most intelligent I have seen @Laku put up on this forum, it actually got me wondering...and now you just put a damper...you freaking spolier..looool...nice observation!
layorh12
30/01/2013 15:36:00
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**most intelligent post I have seen @Lakupippu put up.........
layorh12
30/01/2013 15:37:00
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Sorry Laki....didnt mean to stick a pin in your balloon...or as they say in the old country, burst your bubble loooool For your punishment go and write "i shall not plagiarise on vital chelsea ever again" 1000 times on the board after school
JohnnyOz
30/01/2013 16:00:00
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omg...the fans are absolutely getting crazy, i have seen at least 3 different petitions flying around the internet with the same message that tubby must not stay beyond the summer...hmm...things are getting intresting...I now think there is a zero of him stayinh the summer now...or there might be a revolt...Dear God help me to always watch my mouth and the things I say..so they dont hunt when I least expect..Amen...come summer, Tubby out!!!...I happily signed the 3 petitions..lol...once I conirmed they wanted him in the summer and not now...the fans are freaking brilliant...what a movement!!....
layorh12
30/01/2013 16:18:00
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wednesday night again, i cant remember the last time we won on wednesday nite, can anyone help me? not all competition but the premier league.
darilngblue
30/01/2013 16:25:00
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