Boss on an injection of experienceAfter a season in which the club's under 21s stars have become familiar names to even the most casul Reading supporter, Saturday's matchday squad had a more familiar feel to it - as players begin to return from the treatment room.
Anton Ferdinand and Danny Williams were both named on the substitute's bench for the first time in the 2014/15 campaign, giving a boost to manager Nigel Adkins.
"If you look at the bench, for the first time this season it wasn't full of our under 21s, who in fairness have done great," said Adkins.
"It's great that we've got Anton Ferdinand on the bench, he's had a good week of training and played 60 minutes for the under 21s. Danny Williams got on the field of play, so there's experienced players coming back, Michael Hector back from suspension. For me, I will always keep looking forward."
With Garath McCleary awaiting the all clear from a scan due in the early stages of the week, the manager is hopeful such experienced heads will prove key over the next few weeks.
"We've got players who should be able to deal with the mental side of the Championship, and we all have to contribute. That's the important message - we all have to contribute. It's two games at home, we've scored goals at home and we've got to make sure everyone is positive that we can get six points from the two games."