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16 games in, 16 points better off...

20 November 2015

A focus on our improvement from last season by corresponding fixture

The Royals head into a home game against Bolton Wanderers this weekend placed in eighth, but just four points behind the play-off places despite a disappointing string of results in the weeks that preceded the international break.

However, the improvement from last season is there for all to see, in the performances of a new-look squad, the position in the table and the statistics themselves...

Comparing the corresponding fixtures from last season, the Royals are 16 points better off this season so far than they would have been with their 2014-15 form.

In the 16 league fixtures we have played so far this season, only once have we produced a worse result this season than we managed last season - drawing at home to table-topping Brighton at the end of last month, where Steve Clarke's side beat the Seagulls here 2-1 back in March.

In 10 of our Championship games so far, we have bettered the result that we achieved in 2014-15 - beating Brentford away and Charlton at home this season for example, in games we lost in 2014-15.

In fact, if you tot up the total number of points we would have accrued from the corresponding fixtures last season, the Royals would currently have 8 against their name and Reading would be sat at the foot of the current Championship table.

This season compared to last: The points from each fixture...


2014-15

2015-16
Birmingham (a)
0
Birmingham (a)
0
Leeds (h)
0
Leeds (h)
1
Sheffield Wed (a)
0
Sheffield Wed (a)
1
Wigan (h)
0
MK Dons (h)
1
Brentford (a)
0
Brentford (a)
3
Ipswich (h)
3
Ipswich (h)
3
Derby (h)
0
Derby (h)
0
Millwall (a)
1
Bristol City (a)
3
Watford (a)
0
Burnley (a)
3
Middlesbrough (h)
1
Middlesbrough (h)
3
Charlton (h)
0
Charlton (h)
3
Rotherham (a)
0
Rotherham (a)
1
Fulham (a)
0
Fulham (a)
0
Brighton (h)
3
Brighton (h)
1
Huddersfield (h)
0
Huddersfield (h)
1
Cardiff (a)
0
Cardiff (a)
0

TOTAL

8

TOTAL

24

The Royals have the opportunity to widen that gap even further with a win over Bolton this weekend - back in December 2014 the two teams played out a goalless draw here which meant the points were shared, so three points on Saturday would again highlight the reversal in form compared to our 2014-15 league campaign.



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