You know what, Reading had their moments on Saturday. With a fresh homegrown striker up top and a bit of pizzazz about them, the Royals showed glimpses of taking a result off Middlesbrough amid a dire run under Jaap Stam.
However, as Steve 'Royal Hoops' Curtis puts it in TTE Podcast Episode 142, it was two steps forward and three steps back as the hosts eventually slumped to a 2-0 defeat.
Hoops is joined by Chris Hartley and regular host Marc Mayo in this episode to discuss what went wrong at the Mad Stad, how much time Jaap Stam has left to turn things around, and preview the Tuesday night clash with Nottingham Forest.
Section times as follows:
Recap - 01:46
Newsbites - 21:25
Mailbag - 32:20
Forest Preview - 54:00
Olly and Tom Crocker discuss Jaap Stam's future, the Dutchman's change of tactics and whether first team opportunities could be given to Sam Smith and Adrian Popa. Meanwhile, Saturday's game against Middlesbrough is also previewed with injury news and predictions.
After the joy of Leeds came the reality of Sheffield and, no, we're not talking about some sort of Yorkshire pub crawl.
Instead Marc and Westy are left to reflect on a disappointing return to Reading's 2017/18 standard procedure as the team lost 2-1 at Brammal Lane with plenty of mailbag questions to answer in analysing the defeat.
Also on the agenda is a pubchat regarding the possibility of having statues installed at the Mad Stad with two games in quick succession also previewed in TTE Podcast No. 141.
Join the new host of The Tilehurst End Podcast, Marc Mayo, as he runs the rule over Reading's fantastic late show at Leeds United with Steve Curtis aka Royal Hoops.
Discussing how Jaap Stam pulled a new formation out the bag along for the 1-0 win, the guys mull over whether this truly is the new dawn after a tricky period for the Dutch manager and his side, or a shot in the dark that landed on the bullseye.
Also on the show are your questions in the mailbag, a brace for a genuine young prospect in an England shirt in newsbites, and a look ahead to Sheffield United away on the weekend.