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        No team average more successful dribbles in 2nd tier than Reading

        Progressive Royals

        2019/03/12 14:36
        By Stephen Gillett

        Reading have been revitalised in recent weeks under new Portuguese coach José Gomes - and, despite their struggles this season, are the Championship's top dribblers. 

        After a tricky start to his tenure at the Madejski Stadium, Gomes has positively impacted upon Reading's fortunes: the Royals losing just one of their last eight games in the second tier under the steady hand of the Portuguese. 

        A dramatic 3-2 win against Wigan on Saturday moved the Royals up to 19th position in the table, Royals' fans enjoying plenty of late entertainment, as goals from Modou Barrow and Yakou Meité turned the tables on Wigan Athletic. 

        A pillar of consistency for the Royals' this season, Andy Yiadom laid on the assist for Barrow's equaliser - and the former Barnsley man's foraging runs forward are symptomatic of Reading's tendency to run with the ball. In fact, the Royals average more completed dribbles-per-game (17) than any Championship side this season, Yiadom successfully completing 97 of the dribbles he has attempted in 2018/19. 

        That may be, but Reading face a tough test this evening when they face Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds United. The intensity and hard-running of the Argentinian's style of play are legendary, but the stats suggest Leeds favour passing the ball rather than running with it - only Swansea (478) average more passes-per-game this season in the Championship than the Whites (466).

        Tonight's clash at the Madejski promises to be an intriguing encounter, Bielsa's side knowing that a victory will put them one point clear of Norwich City at the top of the table



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