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GUIDE COMMENT: BEFORE the game Royals boss Nigel Adkins said his team was heading into what was, in effect, a five-game season, with all the previous 41 games consigned to history. Well now it's down to four, and although they are only one more point better off, Reading have still squeaked back into the top six on goal difference, sitting now, in a sweaty-palm points tie with Brighton and Ipswich, with Bournemouth two points back. There's no doubt a win was needed here, but Leicester were in no mood to capitulate the way they did, rather disgracefully, at home to Brighton last week, a freak, champagne-fuelled 4-1 defeat. Having sealed promotion, they unprofessionally allowed themselves to take their foot off the gas. This time they were very much back in the groove, often looking the part of the champions they will surely be in the next few weeks. Royals gave them a seriously good game, but, unfortunately, not good enough to land the win which would have taken them back to the top six on pure merit.

Alex Pearce gave Royals an early boost with a perfectly-placed header, and before half-time Jobi McAnuff was denied by a freak save from Kasper Schmeichel - diving the wrong way and saving involuntarily with a foot. There was also the handball that never was, Dean Hammond steering the ball off Pavel Pogrebnyak's head with an outstretched arm. The referee could claim to be unsighted, the linesman not so, but Leicester escaped. By then they were also level, Danny Drinkwater's chance of a 25-yard thunderbolt helped by the fact that Alex McCarthy was completely unsighted, and Sean Morrison was still trying to get up after being injured in the action immediately before. There were chances both ends in a roller-coaster second half, and even though they had sub Mikele Leigertwood sent off for two mistimed tackles, it was Royals who finished on the front foot, the final whistle stopping them in full flow around the Leicester box. Poor old Ledge, making only his second sub appearance after exactly a year out, was actually doing quite well, steadying things at a time Royals had lost momentum, with both pre-match injury doubts, Danny Williams and Garath McCleary, having to come off.

Any other time of the season this would have been a decent point against a team who have clearly been the best in the division - but here the need was for three. It's now seven home games without a win, during which Reading have scored just four goals, only this one, from a set piece, being remotely from open play. The loss of another two points puts a tremendous edge on the game at Wigan on Friday where it will be a surprise if either McCleary or Williams make the starting line-up. Wigan are now free of their Cup exploits and will be well aware that if Reading should beat them, they will be dragged back into the dog-fight for play-off places. At the moment they look secure, and so they should be as potentially the actual strongest side in the division. They've not fulfilled that potential entirely, and will be desperate not to fluff the play-offs.

Last week Reading Guide forecast all of Reading's remaining results and scores. We are two-for-two so far, with a 3-1 loss at Bournemouth and 1-1 against Leicester. Sadly, we predicted a 2-0 defeat at Wigan, 2-0 win against Middlesbrough, and 1-1 against both Doncaster and Burnley. Probably close, but no play-off cigar. Assuming Wigan will be secure, it leaves Reading, Brighton, Ipswich and Bournemouth fighting for one spot. Having beaten QPR and the Royals inside four days, Bournemouth appeared to have the momentum - but on Saturday needed an absolute freak goal to scrape a draw with Yeovil. Ipswich have come with a surprise run, and their match against Bournemouth could be pivotal for both. Which leaves Brighton, who now appear to be favourites with by far the cushiest run-in of the four contenders.


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The Trinity Mirror-owned former Reading evening newspaper, the Post, is now a midweek solo edition which interchanges identity to become the getreading website and Friday paper.
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The Chronicle is the oldest newspaper in the Reading area, having started life in the early 1800s as the Berkshire Chronicle - now a locally-owned subsidiary of Scottish-based Romanes Media Group. -------------------------------------
First published in 1885 as the Henley Free Press, the locally-owned Henley Standard has been a front-runner in the electronic era with some consistently lively multi-media output.
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The Newbury Weekly News was first published in 1867 but was among the first locally to embrace the internet with extensive coverage including video under its Newbury Today brand.
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The Wokingham Times is the longest-established newspaper in that area, with a website, getwokingham, styled like its Reading stable-mate the Post, sharing some content with getreading.
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The stable-mate of the Reading Chronicle and the Slough Observer has been serving south-east Berkshire for the past 50 years and keeps up well on its website with the news from its patch.
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The Maidenhead Advertiser was first published in in 1869 and once had an enviable circulation larger than the town's population - still thriving and fiercely independent, the 'Tiser is also fully multi-media.
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The Windsor and Eton Express was founded in 1812, and apart from one brief spell, remained a family independent. It is again, acquired in 2008 by family-owned Baylis Media Ltd of the Maidenhead Advertiser.
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An independent information site for Maidenhead, giving comprehensive details and listings for businesses, restaurants and tourism in that area.
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Founded in 1878, the Basingstoke Gazette went through it's first 99 years in family ownership. Today, owned by UK publisher Newsquest - part of the multi-media American-based giant Gannett.
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BBC Radio Berkshire has the benefit of the Corporation's Government funding for its broadcast and multi-media output with county-wide website coverage - yet perhaps not the powerhouse it should be.
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After many name and image changes, the south's commercial TV operation has found it's corporate feet with a good website to match - latest from Fred Dinenage and Reading's own Sangeeta Bhabra.
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Reading's "community" radio station, previously part of Sir John Madejski's empire, has a lively site, like the station itself, with news, and features about its output. Now part of the zany Jack FM brand.
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Reading Borough Council has spruced up its PR and corporate multi-media in recent years and issues frequent media news releases on the key community subjects.
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The University of Reading, in its 111th year, is in the top one percent of uni's worldwide, and its frequent news releases reflect its highly-acclaimed research work.
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Xn is a hyperlocal news website and printed magazine for the Thames Valley. The focus is on positive people-led stories that, publishers Xn Media say, "will encourage, inform and inspire every reader."
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There are several "Readings" in the USA, best-known of which is the 88,000-population Reading city northwest of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania - it's local paper is the Eagle, backed up by its dot.com version.
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From another "Reading, USA", this time 16 miles north of Boston in Massachusetts is The Advocate newspaper which feeds an excellent news service into its equally-excellent website, named Wicked Local.
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A news aggregator which trawls the www for any story it finds with the word "Reading", so it can occasionally, therefore throw up book-reading topics - but it's a good source of interesting items.
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Keep up to date with all things Royal with their official website, giving info about the club, the team, tickets, souvenirs and more, including interviews and subscription video.
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An unofficial Reading FC website always full of well-written comment, positive and negative - but always constructive - about the Royals. Named after the old "Home End" at Elm Park.
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Reading's senior semi-pro football club play their Hellenic League home games at Scours Lane, Tilehurst. With new investment, the club is set for an exciting period of expansion.
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Reading's adopted top-flight Rugby Union team, survived a relegation scare in 2012/13 and look forward to better times ahead. The website has comprehensive news, info and video.
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Reading's most consistently successful sports club runs 11 men’s teams and seven ladies’ teams, with both elite squads at the top of the domestic game with many international stars.
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Reading Cricket Club operates in tandem with the adjacent Reading Hockey Club, providing a two-pronged elite sports operation at the extensive Sonning Lane site.
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The club finished its 2012/13 season a creditable third in the National South West Division One (East). Founded in 1898 as Berkshire Wanderers, the Reading RFC still fields a Wanderers XV.
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Originally founded for youngsters from non-rugby-playing schools, Abbey went senior in 1956, later acquired their own 22-acre site at Emmer Green and have competed successfully since.
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Now known as The Rams, the Redingensians club was founded in 1926, originally for former pupils of Reading School. It runs teams in all age groups at its complex in Sonning.
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Reading CC has been promoting cycling in Berkshire since 1974. With over 200 members, the club is dedicated to giving cyclists the opportunity to race, ride and enjoy life on two wheels.
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The club has a long and proud history with past Olympic stars such as Ann Packer, Bev Callender and Britain's most successful-ever female sprinter, Kathy Smallwood.
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Elite Soccer School provides after school clubs, school holiday courses, birthday parties and much, much more for boys and girls from the age of 5-14, in and around Reading.
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A friendly community rowing club located on one of the best stretches of the upper Thames, with access to 6km of beautiful water from Caversham Bridge to Mapledurham lock.
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Founded as recently as 1997, the Rockets had such spectacular lift-off that they now run age-group, ladies and seniors teams. They are National Division One champions 2012/13.
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The legendary (and still going strong at 80) Reg Fearman brought Speedway to Reading in 1968. Smallmead closed in 2008 but the Racers faithful still have hope - and a good website.

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The Magpies have an extremely proud, and unique football boast - their York Road ground is the world's oldest football ground used continuously by the same club.
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Basingstoke Town share Maidenhead's status as members of the Conference South - and they have some lively local derbies. Stokie the Mascot is even taller than a certain Kingsley Royal!
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Few sporting venues can match the rich heritage and history of Ascot Racecourse. It was Queen Anne, staying at Windsor Castle in 1711 who first saw the potential for a racecourse.
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Newbury Racecourse is more than 100 years old, combining heritage with everything a modern sports and events venue can offer. It was constructed in 1904/05 - at a cost of £57,240!
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Although the local area has links to racing dating back to Henry VIII, the first race meeting at Royal Windsor was not until 1866. It's the only flat figure-of-eight course in the country.
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Finchampstead CC is renowned as one of Berkshire’s best, with two full-sized grounds in a picturesque countryside setting in the village. It's a Berks county venue.
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The Hawks are one of the leading clubs in the Thames Valley, among the top 50 in the country, and are currently on the up again after a rare lean spell in their fortunes.
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Bracknell RFC has an illustrious pedigree, founded in 1955 by Welsh and Cornish men new to the New Town area. 2012/13 champs of South West Division One (East).
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Ice Hockey has been thriving in Bracknell for many years, with Bees playing their home games at the John Nike Leisure Centre. New team management in place for the new season.
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The Blues, a focal point for the West Berkshire rugby community, finished the 2012/13 season comfortably mid-table in South West Division One (East).
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READING FC have gone into partnership with the Turkish club Galatasaray in a move designed to further the interests of both clubs. Is this link a good idea?

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