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2015/16 Preview: November

23 June 2015

Get ready for the new season!

In the latest edition of www.readingfc.co.uk’s month-by-month look ahead to 2015/16, the official website previews what will be in store for the Royals in November.



Reading v Huddersfield Town
Sky Bet Championship
Madejski Stadium
Tuesday 3rd November, 8pm


The Royals’ historic FA Cup run of last season began in Huddersfield on January 3rd and the two sides will meet at Madejski Stadium in our first fixture of November. Chris Powell took the reins at the John Smith’s Stadium in September of last season and guided the Terriers to a comfortable 16th place finish in the Championship. The former Charlton boss wants his defence to be tighter in the new campaign and is targeting a top-half finish. Speaking earlier this month, he said: “Defensively, we have to be better. Towards the end of last season, we kept successive clean sheets against Nottingham Forest and Brighton, then gave away four at home to Derby, which reflected the campaign as a whole.”



Cardiff City v Reading
Sky Bet Championship
Cardiff City Stadium
Saturday 7th November, 3pm


The beginning of November certainly has an FA Cup theme about it as in our second fixture of 2015’s 11th month, the Royals travel to Cardiff City, who we beat in the fourth round of last season’s competition. While this clash is a Championship fixture and will be contested for points rather than progress, coincidentally the first round of the Emirates FA Cup also falls on this weekend. Oliver Norwood and Hal Robson-Kanu bagged Reading’s goals on our last trip to the Cardiff City Stadium, the latter’s strike proving to be a last minute winner. The Bluebirds, who are preparing for their second season back in the Championship, will be hoping to improve on last term’s 11th place finish.  



Reading v Bolton Wanderers
Sky Bet Championship
Madejski Stadium
Saturday 21st November, 3pm


Reading and Bolton were evenly matched last season with both fixtures ending in stalemate in the Championship. The two sides contested a goalless draw at Madejski Stadium in December and, although the Royals dominated for long spells, they were unable to breach the Trotters’ defence. Since the end of the campaign, goalkeepers Andy Lonergan and Adam Bogdan have both departed the Macron Stadium to join Fulham and Liverpool respectively. Manager Neil Lennon, who took over in the north West in October, following the departure of Dougie Freedman, has yet to add to his squad this summer but is hopeful of making some signings in the coming weeks. "We've identified and continue to identify players who I believe will make us better," he said recently. “We're not far away from one or two and that excites me.”

 

Nottingham Forest v Reading
Sky Bet Championship
The City Ground
Saturday 28th November, 3pm


Forest began last season in electric form, winning five of their first seven league games and remaining unbeaten until the middle of October. That saw them, then under the stewardship of club legend Stuart Pearce, sitting in the top echelons of the Championship table. They suffered their first league defeat of the season away at Cardiff City – the first of five matches without a victory – and they would only win two of their next 14 games. Pearce left the club on February 1st and was replaced by former Forest striker Dougie Freedman. He recorded 16 points in his opening six matches as boss, suffering his first defeat away at Charlton in March. Forest ended the campaign in 14th position in the Championship.

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