BWFC 2-2 Reading
22-11-2017 MoM: Reece Burke
Mr Parkinson's seeming lack of understanding that Championship sides are better than League One opponents was apparent once again; sitting back from the 30th minute mark with a one-goal/two-goal lead was enough against the likes of Port Vale or Oldham but it doesn't work against genuinely half-decent footballing sides.
The first half saw meaningless spells of Royals possession in the middle-third. Tidy footballers with no distinct danger. It panned out very similarly to Norwich a couple of weeks ago as two quick-fire Wanderers goals (thanks to horrific defensive organisation) gave the Whites, what felt like, an unassailable 2-0 lead at Half-Time. Especially considering the endless midfield probing of the southerners really didn't look like posing a threat.
The second half continued in much the same vein with Reading's passing ability undoubtedly good; no more, no less. However, I hate to jump on the bandwagon but the lack of any change or substitutions has always been an issue with Parkinson - once again, it cost points. A well-worked moved that was something Reading had been trying for 75 minutes eventually came off before a clumsy Ameobi tackle gave The Royals an opportunity to equalise from the spot; they did. Late pressure in the form of a Pratley sitter and Le Fondre chance added to the severe frustration felt at the Full-Time whistle.
Personally, the idiocy of sitting on a two-goal lead against a side clearly vulnerable in the air and when coming into any remote contact with a Wanderers player, cost us dearly - as it has against QPR, Fulham and Sunderland.
Far from me to criticse the clear upsurge of recent weeks and very much credit to Parkinson. However, his tactical approach does cost us, 7 unbeaten but 5 draws might not be sustainable for survival. If you're not holding onto 2-0 leads against 19th at home with 15 minutes left, you aren't staying up.