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Lucas Joao defended by Reading boss Veljko Paunovic after staggering miss

Posted Saturday, April 03, 2021 by PA28 hits

Reading manager Veljko Paunovic refused to criticise 21-goal top-scorer Lucas Joao after his incredible miss prevented the visitors from taking maximum points at play-off rivals Barnsley.The Royals led at half-time thanks to Ovie Ejaria’s first goal since November before Alex Mowatt levelled just past the hour from the penalty spot.But Joao then side-footed wide of an empty goal from 12 ya...Full Story »

Joao Virginia to make FA Cup debut after Everton suffer double injury blow

Posted Saturday, March 20, 2021 by PA59 hits

Everton will be without their two senior goalkeepers Jordan Pickford and Robin Olsen for the FA Cup quarter-final visit of Manchester City.Pickford aggravated a rib problem in last weekend’s defeat to Burnley while Olsen has not recovered from an abdominal muscle injury which has sidelined him for four matches, meaning 21-year-old Joao Virginia will make only his third appearance for the c...Full Story »

Watford duo Joao Pedro and Nathaniel Chalobah suspended for Wycombe visit

Posted Tuesday, March 02, 2021 by PA62 hits

Watford will be without suspended duo Joao Pedro and Nathaniel Chalobah for Wednesday’s Sky Bet Championship clash with bottom club Wycombe.Brazilian forward Pedro serves a one-match ban following his red card against Bournemouth on Saturday, while midfielder Chalobah begins a two-match absence after collecting his 10th booking of the season at the Vitality Stadium.Hornets captain Troy Dee...Full Story »

Watford boss Xisco Munoz talks up Joao Pedro after another fine display

Posted Thursday, February 25, 2021 by PA26 hits

Watford boss Xisco Munoz praised “exciting” Joao Pedro after the forward scored one and set two up in the 3-2 win at Blackburn.The 19-year-old’s ninth goal of the season – a delicate lob – set the Hornets on their way, before his shot was eventually turned home by Ismaila Sarr for Watford’s second.Harvey Elliott halved the deficit before the break but Joao the...Full Story »

Bristol City sack Dean Holden as Reading boss Veljko Paunovic hails Lucas Joao

Posted Wednesday, February 17, 2021 by PA30 hits

Dean Holden’s spell as Bristol City boss ended with a sixth successive defeat as Reading’s Veljko Paunovic was left to savour a 2-0 win.Holden did not conduct his normal post-match interview after Lucas Joao and Michael Morrison fired Reading to victory, and a statement from the club then confirmed his departure.Holden was under pressure before kick-off following Saturday’s 6-0...Full Story »

Lucas Joao on target as Reading beat Bristol City

Posted Wednesday, February 17, 2021 by PA29 hits

Lucas Joao’s 17th Championship goal of the season sent Reading up to fifth in the table with a 2-0 win at Bristol City.Portuguese striker Joao reached 20 goals for the campaign in all competitions before defender Michael Morrison quickly wrapped up the Royals’ win on the road – both goals coming in the closing stages of the first half.Ashley Fletcher converted a penalty and tee...Full Story »

Joao Pedro penalty hands Watford victory at Preston

Posted Wednesday, February 17, 2021 by PA21 hits

Joao Pedro won and then converted a penalty to give Watford a 1-0 win at Preston in a game more entertaining than the solitary goal suggested.The Brazilian forward was brought down by Tom Barkhuizen and stroked home the spot-kick to make it back-to-back league wins for the Hornets, who move up to third in the Championship table.Preston’s struggles at home continue, picking up 14 points fro...Full Story »

Veljko Paunovic says Lucas Joao was a disappointed man at Deepdale

Posted Monday, January 25, 2021 by PA23 hits

Veljko Paunovic felt Lucas Joao’s mood could have impacted his penalty miss in Reading’s 0-0 stalemate at Preston.Joao missed from the spot having been felled in the closing stages of the match at Deepdale, missing out on a win that would have taken the visitors level with second-placed Swansea.“With Lucas, when he scores and when he misses we give him support,” said mana...Full Story »

Lucas Joao misses late Reading penalty in goalless draw at Preston

Posted Sunday, January 24, 2021 by PA38 hits

Lucas Joao missed a late penalty as Preston North End and Reading shared the points in a goalless draw at a freezing Deepdale.Joao and Joe Rafferty tangled in the area but the Reading striker could not convert the resulting spotkick.Alex Neil had handed home debuts to Danish keeper Daniel Iversen, Ben Whiteman and Jayson Molumby and the home side certainly started the brightest, captain Alan Bro...Full Story »

Joao Pedro and Ismaila Sarr set to start against Barnsley

Posted Tuesday, January 19, 2021 by PA54 hits

Watford pair Joao Pedro and Ismaila Sarr are set to start against Barnsley, despite being involved in a flare-up near the end of Saturday’s 2-0 win over Huddersfield.Hornets boss Xisco Munoz has played down the severity of the incident that saw the duo shove each other following a misplaced pass, saying they were just showing “passion”.Xisco was pleased with Watford’s wee...Full Story »

Lucas Joao at the double as Reading hit back to halt Huddersfield’s home run

Posted Sunday, January 03, 2021 by PA27 hits

Reading ended Huddersfield’s excellent home run as they came from behind to claim a 2-1 Championship win.Lucas Joao’s classy second-half brace cancelled out Fraizer Campbell’s opener as the high-flying visitors ended Town’s five-match winning streak at the John Smith’s Stadium.Huddersfield were out to make it six successive home victories for the first time since 20...Full Story »

Wolves without suspended midfielder Joao Moutinho for visit of Chelsea

Posted Monday, December 14, 2020 by PA33 hits

Joao Moutinho is banned for Wolves’ visit of Chelsea on Tuesday.The midfielder was dismissed for collecting two yellow cards in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to local rivals Aston Villa.Raul Jimenez is continuing the early stages of his recovery from the fractured skull he suffered last month and has been spending time with the squad at the club’s training ground while Jonny (knee) rem...Full Story »

Lucas Joao strike helps Reading end losing run with draw at Millwall

Posted Thursday, November 26, 2020 by PA74 hits

Lucas Joao struck a second-half equaliser as Reading ended a run of four straight defeats with a 1-1 draw against Millwall at the Den.Jed Wallace’s free-kick before the interval had given the Lions the lead and it was their fourth consecutive draw.Millwall had the better of the opening exchanges and their first chance came after three minutes when Ryan Woods received the ball and played in...Full Story »

Lucas Joao effort enough as Reading edge Wycombe to move to Championship summit

Posted Wednesday, October 21, 2020 by PA47 hits

Reading moved to the top of the Sky Bet Championship and extended their unbeaten start to six matches with a hard-earned 1-0 victory over lowly Wycombe at Madejski Stadium.Winless yet energetic Wycombe dominated the first period but failed to create many clear-cut chances.Reading almost went ahead on the stroke of half-time but Yakou Meite made a mess of his attempted close-range header.Improvin...Full Story »

Joao Pedro scores Watford winner to extend Derby’s miserable home run

Posted Saturday, October 17, 2020 by PA45 hits

A superb strike from Joao Pedro earned Watford a 1-0 win as Derby crashed to a fifth consecutive home Championship defeat at Pride Park.In a game low on quality and chances, Pedro conjured a moment of inspiration with Watford’s first serious attempt on goal to settle the contest.Wayne Rooney had a good chance to snatch a point but shot wide and Derby have now lost four of their opening fiv...Full Story »

Lucas Joao could face Watford despite shoulder issue

Posted Friday, October 02, 2020 by PA38 hits

Lucas Joao could feature for Reading at home to Watford in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday despite a dislocated shoulder.The forward netted the winner at Cardiff last weekend before he was forced off with the injury but has made good progress and could be involved against the Hornets.Felipe Araruna was also substituted during the match and the prognosis on him is not good, with the defender...Full Story »

Vladimir Ivic hails qualities of match-winning birthday boy Joao Pedro

Posted Saturday, September 26, 2020 by PA53 hits

Watford head coach Vladimir Ivic hailed the winning goal scored by 19-year-old Joao Pedro that gave the Hornets a 1-0 victory over local rivals Luton.The Brazilian teenager’s first goal for the club came on his birthday.Ivic, though,  warned that working for the team will be the way for both Pedro and the rest of the Watford squad to progress under him.“It’s nice to score ...Full Story »

Joao Pedro hits winner to give Watford derby victory over Luton

Posted Saturday, September 26, 2020 by PA53 hits

Joao Pedro celebrated his 19th birthday with the winning goal in a 1-0 win for Watford over Luton in a game they should have won more comfortably.The fixture between keen rivals had not been played since April 2006 but although the match was played behind closed doors, police still insisted on a 12.30 kick-off.As a result there was little resembling a derby atmosphere in a cold-biting wind ...Full Story »

Lucas Joao hat-trick sees Reading ease past Colchester

Posted Sunday, September 06, 2020 by PA37 hits

Lucas Joao scored a hat-trick as Championship side Reading cruised past League Two Colchester United 3-1 in the Carabao Cup first round.Reading were without new manager Veljko Paunovic, with the Serb – appointed a week ago – still observing UK government quarantine rules after flying from the United States to join Reading’s short pre-season training camp in Portugal.Colchester ...Full Story »

Barcelona, Atletico discussed Griezmann-Felix swap - sources

Posted Saturday, August 29, 2020 by ESPN102 hits

Barcelona and Atletico Madrid discussed a possible swap deal involving Antoine Griezmann and Joao Felix, multiple sources have confirmed to ESPN. There is a dispute, though, over which club initiated the talks, identified the players involved, and ultimately rejected the idea. The newspaper Marca first reported the conversations in a frontpage story on Friday, calling the move "the impossibl...Full Story »

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