The bossMick McCarthy: McCarthy was appointed Blackpool manager in January this year, replacing Michael Appleton, who was sacked after only seven months in charge at Bloomfield Road. Expected lineupMaxwell, Gabriel, Connolly, Nelson, Thompson, Dougall, Patino, Bowler, Carey, Rogers, MadineKey playerGary Madine: Striker Madine signed for Blackpool in January 2020 following his release from Cardiff City. While at Wednesday he also had loan spells at Carlisle, Coventry City and Blackpool. One to watchCharlie Patino: Patino signed on a season-long loan from Premier League side Arsenal in August last year. He has represented Blackpool 28 times so far this season and has three goals and two assists to his name.
FormBristol City finished in 17th place in The Championship last season, in their seventh straight season in the second tier. Pearson started his managerial career with Carlisle United in 1998 and has managed Southampton, Leicester City, Hull City, Derby County, OH Leuven and Watford over the course of his career. Expected line-upO’Leary, Atkinson, Vyner, Klose, James, Dasilva, Williams, Scott, Sykes, Semenyo, WellsKey playerNahki Wells: Striker Wells joined City in January 2020, signing from Burnley for an undisclosed fee. His big break came with a move to Bradford City in 2011; he spent three years at the club scoring 57 goals. One to watchAntoine Semenyo: Semenyo is a product of the Bristol City academy who made his City debut in 2018.4 months ago The Tilehurst End
There was some pressure ahead of the mid-table clash against Bristol City. The bench offered some decent options, among others Nesta Guinness-Walker, Tyrese Fornah, Ovie Ejaria, Shane Long and Andy Carroll. Bristol City, who had been pretty harmless so far, tried to push forward while the home side set slightly deeper. In the 67th minute Paul Ince brought on Shane Long in place of Lucas Joao who worked hard but wasn’t really lucky up front. Only seconds later Tom Ince should have made it two.4 months ago The Tilehurst End
The bossRussell Martin: Martin became Swansea manager in August 2021, taking over from Steve Cooper, who left the club by mutual consent following Swansea’s playoff final loss to Brentford. He joined from League One side MK Dons, having managed them since 2019, his first job as a manager. Expected line-upBenda, Naughton, Cabango, Wood, Latibeaudiere, Fulton, Grimes, Manning, Ntcham, Cullen, PiroeKey playerJoel Piroe: Striker Piroe joined Swansea from PSV Eindhoven in July 2021 for a reported fee of £1m. One to watchArmstrong Oko-Flex: Winger Armstrong-Flex joined Swansea on a season-long loan in the summer, joining the club from West Ham United. He started his youth career in Ireland where he played for Tolka Rovers and St Kevin’s Boys before he was signed by Arsenal in 2013.2 months ago The Tilehurst End
A Joao Pedro brace was enough for Watford to consign Reading to their sixth defeat in eight games, with the favourites coming away with a deserved victory. Ex-Liverpool man Ejaria could have no complaints on that one, with talisman Pedro picking himself up to put the Hornets ahead in the 15th minute. In fairness to them, they did have a decent spell but the Hornets fired back with Pedro having an attempt well saved by Dean Bouzanis in the 63rd minute. Following that and another missed opportunity for the Hornets to double their lead through Davis, it seemed clear that more changes were needed. The travelling fans did nearly have something to celebrate with just under a quarter of an hour left when Tom Ince fired Tyrese Fornah’s short free-kick just over Daniel Bachmann’s crossbar.4 months ago The Tilehurst End
With Paul Konchesky in charge, West Ham have started the WSL relatively well with now three wins. A right-wing cross from West Ham’s Mel Filis was headed home too easily by the very tall Icelandic striker and West Ham captain, Dagny Brynjarsdottir. They put the West Ham defence under pressure throughout, largely leaving Jacqueline Burns a spectator. There were groans from the West Ham fans when the assistant referee indicated six minutes of time to be added. Still no wins against West Ham United for just over two years.4 months ago The Tilehurst End
The real nadir however was the 3-2 defeat at home to Coventry City - Reading’s eighth consecutive loss in all competitions. High: Pauno finally put out of his misery (February 19)February 19 2022 was a bittersweet day for Veljko Paunovic. It also proved to be the turning point for Reading’s season in a larger way. It was the first sign of a big performance for a big occasion under Paul Ince. Having been in earshot of chants from the away end for Paul Ince to get his son off the pitch, Ince Junior responded with a well-taken and hugely important goal.2 months ago The Tilehurst End
Joe Lumley: 6Did nothing wrong and wasn't called into major action, although he did a great job winding up the travelling fans behind him in the second half. He dealt well with most of what came his way and pulled off a crucial (albeit pretty straightforward) interception to deny Weimann a golden chance in the second half. Dealt well with what came his way, particularly in a busier second half. This time his offensive play was more restricted and he didn't always look that convincing with the defensive stuff, more so in the second half. Still, there was more good than bad from him today, not least a towering header to convert Ince’s corner in the second half.4 months ago The Tilehurst End