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Reading Need Win As Wednesday Visit
24 November 2017
By Hob Nob Anyone?
Reading's league games continue to come along like buses after the International break as the Royals attempt to haul themselves away from the Championship relegation zone as Sheffield Wednesday visit the Madejski Stadium this Saturday. After two good wins in the league, the Royals were defeated by Wolves and then only managed to pick up a single point at strugglers Bolton on Tuesday night. The two wins took the pressure off Jaap Stam, but he will be feeling it again unless Reading can collect all the available points against a mid-table Wednesday side that find themselves unbeaten in five matches.
Reading found themselves two goals down at Bolton and looked set to drop all three points before a late recovery. Liam Moore pulled a goal back for Reading with 14 minutes left to play before Bacuna stuck home a penalty seven minutes later to salvage a point. There was nearly time for Reading to throw it away again and Jaakkola, making a rare start in goal for Reading, was forced to make a couple of saves including one from point blank range from former Royals Adam Le Fondre deep in stoppage time. The match was all too familiar with Reading back to dominating possession but the opposition looking more likely to find the back of the net.
Part of Reading's problems, once more, was the lack of a striker on the pitch. Kermorgant was ruled out against Bolton and Bodvarsson was only brought into action on 66 minutes. England youth player Danny Loader was included on the bench but didn't get to see his first league action. Either Kermorgant or Bodvarsson are expected to make a start against Sheffield Wednesday with both players expected to be fit. Joey Van den Berg will be available for selection again.
Last season Reading took the full six points from the Owls with a 2-0 victory on the road and a 2-1 win at the Madejski. In that game, back in December 2016, with Reading struggling to create chances, Roy Beerens scored two goals in the second half with the visitors only getting a late consolation goal. Reading have had some impressive scorelines at home against Sheffield Wednesday in recent years with a 6-0 win in September 2008 followed up by a 5-0 victory in February 5-0. We won't be expecting anything like that this weekend - any kind of win would do.
Recent Meetings With SHEFF WED
|17 March 2017||Championship||Sheff Wed (Away)||W: 2-0||Read report...|
|10 December 2016||Championship||Sheff Wed (HOME)||W: 2-1||Read report...|
|23 January 2016||Championship||Sheff Wed (HOME)||D: 1-1||Read report...|
|19 August 2015||Championship||Sheff Wed (Away)||D: 1-1||Read report...|
|31 January 2015||Championship||Sheff Wed (HOME)||W: 2-0||Read report...|
|20 September 2014||Championship||Sheff Wed (Away)||L: 0-1||Read report...|
|08 February 2014||Championship||Sheff Wed (HOME)||L: 0-2||Read report...|
|02 November 2013||Championship||Sheff Wed (Away)||L: 2-5||Read report...|
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