Presented with an immediate opportunity to put the disappointment of Saturday's defeat to Middlesbrough behind them, the Royals travel to Adams Park to take on Wycombe Wanderers in a Bucks-Berks showdown at Adams Park.
Tonight's hosts may sit at the foot of the table, but the standings will mean nothing when the teams cross the white line this evening, and Wycombe themselves have continued to pick up points despite being 11 points adrift of safety.
Victory for Veljko Paunović's men could see them re-establish themselves at eight points inside the top six, with 14 games to play. While Gareth Ainsworth's side will be hoping tonight is the night they begin their push for survival, despite suffering defeat to Reading earlier in the season.
How to watch
Tonight's meeting with the Wanderers is available for supporters to watch via iFollow.
Royals supporters can grab their Match Pass to watch proceedings unfold, by clicking here ahead of our 7:45pm kick-off in Wycombe.
Wycombe, and their rock and roll boss, Gareth Ainsworth have endured a tough first season in the second tier, but that has not dampened their spirits as they continue to fight against relegation with 15 games left to play, and plenty of points still at stake.
Within their squad, Wycombe also have three former Royals on their books, Jamaican midfielder Garath McCleary who registered 270 Reading appearances in eight years, defender Jordan Obita who in his 10 years at the Madejski, made over 190 appearances and Uche Ikpeazu who was once part of the Reading academy.
The Wanderers have won just once in their last eight league outings, but last time out earnt a point during a 0-0 against a mid-table Millwall side. Wycombe's last win came earlier this month, as they staged a stunning comeback to record a 3-2 victory away at Huddersfield Town. Goals from Anis Mehmeti, Joe Jacobson and a late penalty from Josh Knight capped an afternoon to remember for tonight's hosts.
During the January transfer window, Ainsworth not only extended Knight's loan, but completed the signing of Jordan Obita from Oxford United, the resigning of AFC Bournemouth midfielder Nnamdi Ofoborh on loan, and the loan signing of Leicester City striker Admiral Muskwe.
One to watch: Uche Ikpeazu
A boistrous, powerful striker who began his career in the Royals academy, Ikpeazu is now at his 11th club and has so far enjoyed a positive start to life as a Wanderer. The Ugandan forward has three goals in 15 Wycombe appearances to date, and most recently found the net in a 2-1 defeat to Derby County.
The athletic 6ft3in front man who claims his biggest strenght is his strenght, arrived at Adams Park in August 2020 following a two-year stay in Edinburgh with Hearts. During his time in the Scottish capital, Ikpeazu scored 10 goals in 55 appearances for the Jam Tarts.
Previous to his move to Scotland, Ikpeazu had enjoyed the best spell of his career with League Two side Cambridge United, with whom he also spent two years having joined the U's in 2016. While at the Abbey Stadium, he found the net 22 times in 80 matches.
While at Watford, a club for which he failed to register a senior appearance, Ikpeazu enjoyed loan spells across the Football League with Crewe Alexandra, Blackpool, Port Vale and Doncaster Rovers.
Ahead of what will be just the 14th meeting between the two teams, the Royals will be hopeful of continuing their good record against Wycombe with a 10th win over the Wanderers.
That was the case last time we met, back in mid-October, when Lucas João struck again with the game's only goal to secure a 1-0 victory for the Royals over Ainsworth's side at Madejski Stadium.
Reading have their last four matches against Wycombe, dating back to September 2001, when the teams spent a three year stint together in Division two.
Dean Whitestone will be the man in the middle this evening, for what will be his second Reading game of the season.
Whitestone has already officiated one Royals match this season, having been in charge back in January during our 3-0 win over Coventry City at Madejski Stadium, during which he sent off Coventry defender Callum McFadzean and booked three Reading players, Lucas Joao, Michael Morrison and Tom Holmes.
Mark Pottage and Nik Barnard will assist Whitestone at Adams Park, while Stephen Martin will be the fourth official on this occasion.
During Whitestone's 22 league games to date, he has brandished 40 yellow cards and two additional red cards.
A polite reminder to our supporters that no unauthorised access will be permitted to this game, so supporters must not travel to Adams Park.
We can’t wait to see you all again soon – but for now it’s important that when we play, please stay away.