Two tough trips awaited Reading FC at the start of the week and, here we are, two games lighter and no points heavier after defeats in Birmingham and Swansea.

Paul Clement’s grip on his position as manager is looking ever-more tenuous and, in The Tilehurst End podcast No. 173, Marc Mayo and Olly Allen discuss what went wrong with the defence leaky and attack flaky on the road. This week’s show also covers the major news around the Royals, answers your mailbag questions, and looks ahead to the weekend clash with Bristol City.

As always The Tilehurst End Podcast can be taken in via PodBeanYouTube or iTunes. Furthermore, thanks to all listeners who continue to pledge to our Patreon campaign.

Listeners can always get in touch with the podcast via our Twitter and Facebook pages as well as our email, thetilehurstend@gmail.com, with thoughts on the show, opinions on the team, and potential topics to sink our teeth into always welcome.

Show Order

Recap - 02:05

Newsbites - 23:48

Mailbag - 30:27

Any Other Business - 44:29

After Tuesday’s defeat at Birmingham City, Reading face a second successive away game on Saturday as they travel to tenth place Swansea City. In our Weekend Preview podcast, Olly Allen and the Wokingham Paper’s Tom Crocker discuss the inconsistency of both sides as well as how the Royals need to tighten up at set-pieces. We also have the team news ahead of the trip to South Wales, whilst Ryan Pridmore from the Ambition is Critical podcast provides the opposition view, including his thoughts on Paul Clement, who spent a year in charge of the Swans before his time at Reading.

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Swansea Preview - 0:31

View From The Town End - 9:10

Team News & Preferred Line-Ups - 21:55

If you only look at the scoreline, Reading’s win over Millwall marks a significant moment in the Royals’ push away from relegation trouble — with the comfort of a two-goal cushion to boot.

However, as Marc Mayo and Alan ‘Westy’ West discuss in Episode 172 of The Tilehurst End podcast, there were a few issues to consider before anyone could leave the Mad Stad too satisfied on Saturday afternoon.

In this week’s show, we also answer your questions in the mailbag, preview two tricky away trips on the horizon, and pick their favourite XI from the current squad and the ill-fated Brendan Rodgers campaign of 2009/10.

As always The Tilehurst End Podcast can be taken in via PodBeanYouTube or iTunes. Furthermore, thanks to all listeners who continue to pledge to our Patreon campaign.

Listeners can always get in touch with the podcast via our Twitter and Facebook pages as well as our email, thetilehurstend@gmail.com, with thoughts on the show, opinions on the team, and potential topics to sink our teeth into always welcome.

Show Order

Millwall Recap - 02:12

Dream Team Pubchat - 16:58

Mailbag - 41:33

Any Other Business - 47:00

The pressure is back on Reading straight away after the international break as the Royals host fellow strugglers Millwall, who haven’t won away all season. In our Weekend Preview podcast for the game, Olly Allen and the Wokingham Paper’s Tom Crocker discuss how crucial the fixture is for Paul Clement’s job, who should start in goal, when we could start seeing academy players and more.

Plus, hear the opposition view from Millwall fan Lucas Ball, who has high praise for Reading academy graduate Jake Cooper.

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Millwall Preview - 0:38

View From The Town End - 5:52

Team News & Preferred Line-Ups - 16:41

Sometimes it's nice to look back on happier times when Reading aren't doing so well, so that's exactly what we did by getting Adam Le Fondre on The Tilehurst Podcast!

The former Royals striker joins Olly Allen to discuss his three year stint in Berkshire, which included winning the Championship in his first season, playing in the Premier League and then missing out on the play-offs on the final day back in the second tier. 

All of this and everything inbetween is covered in our chat with Alfie, from that iconic night away to Southampton, his relationship with Brian McDermott and Nigel Adkins and his eventual exit from the club that appeared to save the club from going into administration. The 31-year-old, now at Sydney FC in Australia, talks open and honestly about his career in the blue and white hoops, and we can only thank him for giving up his time to speak with us. 

A defeat to West Brom is bad enough, but on the back of a home loss to Queens Park Rangers? Questions have to be asked. And that’s exactly what The Tilehurst End is here to do for Episode 171 of the podcast by Reading fans, for Reading fans.

Marc Mayo hosts Simeon ‘BucksRoyal’ Pickup and debutant Matt ‘PannasAndNutmegs’ Lawrence for a rundown of the major errors from the owners, board, manager and players that have led to a poor week to end an otherwise reasonable run of form.

A bumper mailbag section answers your questions on Paul Clement, Ron Gourlay, injuries, and much more, after the Recap and Newsbites detail the week’s major goings on. Finally, we look ahead to the five crunch matches that await the Royals following the international break.

As always The Tilehurst End Podcast can be taken in via PodBeanYouTube or iTunes. Furthermore, thanks to all listeners who continue to pledge to our Patreon campaign.

Listeners can always get in touch with the podcast via our Twitter and Facebook pages as well as our email, thetilehurstend@gmail.com, with thoughts on the show, opinions on the team, and potential topics to sink our teeth into always welcome.

Show Order

QPR & WBA Recap - 01:46

Newsbites - 26:13

Mailbag - 27:41

Any Other Business - 54:36

After a promising point at Brentford and then a poor defeat to QPR, it might be best to expect absolutely anything as Reading travel to West Brom this weekend. Olly Allen and the Wokingham Paper’s Tom Crocker discuss the Royals’ chances at the Hawthorns in the latest Weekend Preview podcast, as well as putting forward their preferred line-ups for the game. Who should start up front with Jon Dadi Bodvarsson injured? Why does Sone Aluko keep getting picked?!

In addition, our View From The Town End this week is provided by West Brom fan Josh Bland from Baggies podcast The Boing Cast.

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West Brom Preview - 0:38

View From The Town End - 8:02

Team News & Preferred Line-Ups - 16:50