Play, rest, recover and repeat. That’s the current state of affairs for Reading, and the other clubs in the division during this jam-packed schedule. Next up – Bristol City visit RG2 for a lunchtime kick-off this weekend.
And there’s a lot of overlap between the two clubs’ experiences in 2020-21 so far. Perfect starts in the first month under new management, a drop off in results and the aim to battle back to form… and ultimately, just one point separate the two sides after 13 fixtures.
Both teams come in off the back of a draw in their midweek encounters… and with the ambition of being three points better off before the rest of the Championship get underway later that afternoon on Saturday.
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Dean Holden, long-serving assistant of Lee Johnson, took charge at Ashton Gate this summer. And so far this season, the Robins have been flying high.
Six wins from their first seven fixtures in all competitions marked a positive start to his tenure – but a home defeat to Middlesbrough, followed by a draw with Swansea and losses to Bournemouth and Norwich, saw his side drop off the pace somewhat.
But 10 points from their last four outings signals a return to form for the Westcountry club; their most recent encounter was a 0-0 draw with Watford on Wednesday evening.
Jeremy Simpson will be looking after the game - he was the man in the middle for three of our fixtures last season, including our 3-1 win in Wigan (including a sub-5-minute hat-trick by George Pușcaș), our 2-2 away draw at QPR and our 2-0 home win over Barnsley. The Robins got a win in the only match he officiated of theirs last season, a 2-1 win in Fulham.
Mr Simpson has dipped into his pocket for the red card three times already this season - twice came in Sheffield Wednesday's meeting with AFC Bournemouth, as Kadeem Harris and Steve Cook were both given straight dismissals.
His fourth official will be Antony Coggins, while Edward Smart and Rob Smith will be running the lines.
A polite reminder to all of our supporters that no unauthorised access at all will be permitted to this game, so supporters must not travel to Madejski Stadium.
We can’t wait to see you all soon – but for now it’s important that when we play, please stay away.