When : Saturday 27th February 2021, 3pm
Where : New York Stadium, New York Way, Rotherham, S60 1AH
Capacity : 12,021
Reading take their rancid form all the way up to Rotherham for the second half of the must win doubleheader which they’ve completely failed to deliver on already. Not sure where the problem lies but certainly the team is not helped by the failure to strengthen in January and the quite bizarre recent apparent tinkering by the manager with line ups and tactics not to mention some ridiculously late substitutions.
Reading’s fetid form is almost the worst in the division over the last 6 games (think only Bristol City are worse) with only 4 points from 18, even Rotherham have managed 2 wins in their last 6 and though they’ve lost their last 4 they were against Bournemouth, Cardiff, Norwich and a rapidly improving Forest. The Millers have also gone three games without scoring but I’m sure Reading won’t let that bother them.
Michael Smith and Freddie Ladapo are the Millers’ leading scorers with 12 goals between them but Matt Crooks is the current one to watch having been Championship player of the month for January. And Angus MacDonald gives them their Reading connection.
Jamie Lindsay and Chiedozie Ogbene miss out for the Millers while Reading might have Felipe Araruna back in bench duty. Swift and Meite remain crocked and perhaps Gibson too?
27 Oct 2020 > Blackburn Rovers 2-4 Reading
22 Jul 2020 > Reading 1-4 Swansea City
07 July 2020 > Reading 0-0 Huddersfield Town
05 October 2019 > Bristol City 1-0 Reading
13 April 2019 > Reading 2-1 Brentford
13 Feb 2019 > Reading 2-1 Blackburn Rovers
22 Dec 2018 > Reading 0-1 Middlesbrough
14 Apr 2018 > Reading 2-2 Sunderland
27 Feb 2018 > Nottm Forest 1-1 Reading
11 Dec 2017 > Reading 2-2 Cardiff City
23 Sep 2017 > Reading 1-1 Hull City
26 Aug 2017 > Birmingham City 0-2 Reading
24 Jan 2017 > Reading 1-0 Fulham
15 Oct 2016 > Queen's Park Rangers 1-1 Reading
15 Mar 2016 > Brighton & Hove Albion 1-0 Reading
23 Jan 2016 > Reading 1-1 Sheffield Wednesday
19 Sep 2015 > Bristol City 0-2 Reading
25 Mar 2014 > Reading 1-3 Barnsley
This will be the 24th league game with Rotherham in Rotherham. Of those games Reading have won 5 and lost 9 with 9 drawn. There has only been 1 goalless draw to date so expectation is there should be some form of net rippling happening on Saturday afternoon.
Since Rotherham moved a little bit down the road from Millmoor to their nice new shiny plastic arena Reading have won 1, drawn 2 and lost 1 but always managed to score. Think that particular record might be a bit of a challenge to maintain given the pathetic showing at Wycombe last time out.
How to follow the game
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- BBC Radio Berkshire (FM : 104.4, 104.1 or 95.4 depending where you are in the area)