A chance to extend winning run against IpswichWe welcome Ipswich Town to Madejski Stadium on Friday evening for the 8pm kick-off – but the Tractor Boys’ supporters haven’t had a lot to cheer about from their trips to Berkshire in recent years.
Reading have the chance to turn in a fifth straight win on home turf against the Suffolk side when they clash under the floodlights in the first Championship game after the international interim.
It might only be September, but this fixture comes later in the season than it has in the previous two. The Royals won 1-0 in mid-August at Madejski Stadium last season thanks to Jake Taylor’s goal, and the previous campaign saw Adam Le Fondre and Danny Guthrie overturn an opener from former Royal Jay Tabb for the visitors on the opening weekend in a 2-1 home triumph.
That strike from Tabb is in the only time that Ipswich have found the net at Madejski Stadium in their last four visits. An Alex Pearce header secured a 1-0 win on New Year's Eve in 2011, after a late winner from Simon Church had earned a 1-0 victory in 2010, meaning that Ipswich have found the net just once in six hours of action in Berkshire.
Alex Pearce rises highest to head in the winner on a winter's evening in 2011
Ipswich have, in fact, only recorded a single win in ten attempts at Madejski Stadium, whilst suffering six defeats. That sole success came back in March 2009 when Jon Stead unleashed a bicycle kick to register a 1-0 victory for Ipswich, which at the time dented the Royals’ promotion prospects.
It was a different story in the latter days at Elm Park – the Suffolk club won three of their last five meetings at the Royals’ old home, scoring four goals on each of those occasions. But a Nicky Forster hat-trick in a 3-1 win at Madejski Stadium crowned the two clubs’ first meeting in the new stadium in 2002.
Sammy Igoe and Kingsley Royal congratulate Nicky Forster on his hat-trick goal against Ipswich in 2002
We have the chance to extend our winning run on our patch against the Tractor Boys this Friday – make sure you’re there to get behind the team and welcome our new signings to their new home.
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