After last weekend's draw at home to Swansea City confirmed our season wouldn't end with a shot at promotion, we're understandably hurting, but it's time to look to finish the campaign and our final two games strongly, starting with a trip to face league leaders, Norwich City at Carrow Road.
Saturday's hosts are already promoted, but there'll be no let up for Daniel Farke's side who will no doubt be keen to finish with as higher points tally as possible, with the chance to secure the title theirs on Saturday.
A result for the Royals in East Anglia would if little else confirm a seventh placed finish going into our final outing at home to Huddersfield the following week.
How to watch
Saturday's visit to Carrow Road is available for supporters to watch via iFollow.
Royals fans can grab their Match Pass to watch proceedings unfold, by clicking here ahead of our 3pm kick-off.
From the very word go, Norwich have been there or there abouts, and since the festive period have established themselves as top dogs, which led to them being promoted in early April with games to spare.
The Canaries stuck by Daniel Farke following relegation from the top tier last season, and that faith has been repaid by the German who has taken the Yellows to within three points of being crowned champions, with an instant return already secured.
Norwich have lost just twice in their last 15 league outings, and last time out they eased past Queens Park Rangers with a convincing 3-1 win over the R's at Loftus Road. Defenders Xavi Quintilla and Max Aarons were on the scoresheet alongside their midfield star Emi Buendia, who tops the assists charts with 16 this season.
One to watch: Teemu Pukki
Norwich's Finnish forward has again found form for the Canaries this season, and with 25 goals to date, he's the division's second top scorer, four behind Brentford's Ivan Toney.
The 31-year-old striker has been pivotal to Norwich's instant return to the Premier League, and now has almost 70 goals to his name across just three seasons at Carrow Road. His performances this term have quite rightly put him in the running for the EFL's Championship Player of the Season award.
Pukki began his career in the youth set up of FC KooTeePee back in 2005, but his most notable spells in terms of his goalscoring exploits came with HJK Helsinki, where he netted 18 goals in 34 appearances in 2011, and with Brondby, from whom he signed for Norwich.
The Finland international, who has 30 goals in 90 appearances for his home nation, has also turned out for Scottish giants Celtic, German outfit Schalke 04, and Spanish side Sevilla. The front man, who recently helped his country to their first ever international tournament, is a constant danger and an impressive finisher.
The Royals have not tasted victory over the Canaries since December 2016, and have earnt just one point from their last six clashes with Norwich.
Last time the two sides met, Teemu Pukki converted from the penalty spot to seal three points for Norwich at the Madejski, following a Michael Olise strike for the Royals. Our last win over Saturday's hosts came on Boxing Day almost five years ago, as goals from Yan Kermorgant, Callum Harriott and Garath McCleary sealed us a 3-1 win on home soil.
Our last visit to Carrow Road had a happier ending, when midfielder Andy Rinomhota grabbed his first Reading goal in the 97th minute of play to earn his side a 2-2 draw in East Anglia.
We have won 29 and drawn 19 of a total 78 meetings between the teams, dating back to our first contest over 100 years ago, a 0-0 draw back in January 1909.
Oliver Langford will be the man with the whistle in Norwich on Saturday afternoon, for his third Reading game of the season.
Linington last took charge of a Royals fixture back in mid-February, when he officiated our 2-0 win over Bristol City at Ashton Gate. He was also the man in the middle for our our December visit to Hillsborough, during which we played out a 1-1 draw with Sheffield Wednesday.
Assistant referees Adrian Waters and Rob Smith will be on hand to help out Langford in East Anglia, while Sam Purkiss will be the fourth official on this occasion.
During his 29 league games to date, Langford has brandished 103 yellow cards and six additional red cards.
Royals part of weekend-long social media boycott
Reading Football Club will be joining in with a social media switch off across the whole English football landscape, which will see us refrain from posting on our social media channels between 3pm on Friday 30th April and 11.59pm on Monday 3rd May 2021.
This coordinated effort is a unified reaction to a series of wholly unacceptable incidents of abuse which have arisen recently across various social media platforms. That regrettably includes one appalling incident which was directed towards our club captain Liam Moore earlier this month. One incident of this nature is too many, and this was sadly one of many comments which have been aimed at professional footballers in recent weeks and months.
A polite reminder to our supporters that no unauthorised access will be permitted to this game, so supporters must not travel to Carrow Road.
We can’t wait to see you all again soon – but for now it’s important that when we play, please stay away.