Reading boss Gomes makes bold season prediction

Reading boss Jose Gomes has doubts over strikers Nelson Oliveira and Yakou Meite ahead of the clash with Middlesbrough.

Jose Gomes is adamant Reading will be towards the top end of the Championship table come the business end of the season.

Portuguese tactician Gomes took charge of Reading in December 2018, replacing caretaker Scott Marshall, and he managed to steer the club away from relegation in the 2018/19 campaign.

The 49-year-old added 10 new players to his squad this summer, including the acquisition of Inter forward George Puscas, and there was big optimism heading into the 2019/20 season.

However, the Royals’ 2-1 home defeat to Blackburn Rovers at the weekend is their third straight loss, which leaves the club in 20th position and just two points above the bottom three.

Despite the disappointing form, Gomes is confident his side will climb the table over the coming months and be closer to the top when the season enters its final month in May.

“We will be there at the top of the table so we need to give confidence to our players and help them to grow and to show them how to be stronger and to perform better and to give them the confidence they need,” he told the Reading Chronicle.

“We need to be patient and help the players can recover from this down moment. I felt that if we won this game we can have a long period of victories. I work with the players and see their spirit and they are a fantastic group. We need a good result and everything will change.”