When : Saturday, 15th February, 3pm
Where : Hillsborough, Sheffield, S6 1SW
Capacity : 39,812
Away Stand : Leppings Lane, Upper Tier
What might I see in the area : Whippets, flat caps, dourness but absolutely no stereotyping
Sheffield Wednesday is the next team for Reading, a nice long trip up north, almost exactly 1 year after the last trek to Hillsborough, to play a team that’s generally been fairly useful this season.
Reading will be looking to try and avenge the opening day defeat they suffered at the talons of the Owls but, as ever, it’s going to be a tough proposition although Sheffield have been a bit off form recently with only one win in their last nine Championship games.
And so it seems to be for Reading at the moment, opponents on a bit of poor form turn up a collect some sort of reward while Reading are left looking decidedly average or uninspiring at best, this really needs to change and the players and management prove Reading can perform in games like this otherwise there’s not going to be much at all to look forward to for the rest of this season.
Wednesday are experiencing Reading-esque home form at the moment with their last success being on 22nd December when Bristol City were dispatched by one to nothing, since then they’ve played 5 games at home and lost 4 of them (including being hammered 5-0 by Blackburn) but their last game did show some improvement with a 0-0 v Millwall. Perhaps it’s been a case of concentrating on the cup which is good news as after wins at Brighton and QPR they’ve got a real distraction (hopefully for Reading) with Manchester City destined for Hillsborough in the next round. So with form like that I think we can all guess the likely outcome of this game.
The Owls beat Reading to the loan signing of Conor Whickham, so I hope it’s not a case of, in the words of Bowen (Jim rather than Mark), “let’s have a look at what you could’ve had”. They are also copiously well stacked with attacking operations such as Barry Bannan, Steven Fletcher, Fernando Forestieri and Jacob Murphy so there’s going to be plenty for Reading’s defenders to watch out for.
Sadly SWFC look to have a full strength squad to select from whereas Reading have five definitely sidelined (Joao, Gunter, Boye, McIntyre, Miazga). Other than that Mr Loader looks to be better and new boys Mr Masika and Senor Araruna-Hoffman are raring to go.
Mr Andrew Woolmer
09 Nov 19 > Reading 3-0 Luton Town
01 Oct 19 > Reading 1-4 Fulham
19 Jan 19 > Derby County 2-0 Reading
18 Oct 16 > Reading 1-2 Aston Villa
27 Aug 16 > Cardiff City 0-1 Reading
23 Aug 14 > Nottingham Forest 4-0 Reading
08 Apr 14 > Bournemouth 3-1 Reading
29 Oct 11 > Crystal Palace 0-0 Reading
12 Apr 11 > Scunthorpe United 0-2 Reading
15 Apr 10 > Reading 3-0 Coventry City
16 Sep 08 > Reading 6-0 Sheffield Wednesday
17 Sep 05 > Reading 1-0 Crewe Alexandra
Not a particularly happy hunting ground for Reading but then probably about average for the club for a northern trek and only twelve previous league visits. Of those twelve games three have been won and five lost.
How to follow the game
- Get a ticket and travel up north
- Listen to Radio 5 Live and/or a myriad of other radio stations for score flashes
- Ring/text a mate for updates
- Use an iFollow subscription
- BBC Radio Berkshire (FM : 104.4, 104.1 or 95.4 depending where you are in the area)