Every team was looking to get off to a flying start upon the restart. For the Royals, it was oh-so-close until Nick Powell converted late on to give Stoke a share of the spoils. For Derby, who we visit on Saturday, a hat-trick for teenage forward Louie Sibley and a win at Millwall was the start they were looking for.
The Rams sit at the base of a tightly contested top half of the table. Currently in 12th, they are just three points behind the play-off positions – plenty to play for.
And Reading trail this weekend’s hosts by just two places in the table, so three points this weekend would be a welcome addition in our hopes to enter the upper echelons of the league standings.
We’ve had a week-long build-up to this game… but for the final time this season. The final eight games are being contested at a rate of two-per-week – play, recover, play recover. The run-in starts here.
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Manager Mark Bowen: “They’ve got ammunition through their side… like we have. I see it as being a fairly balanced game. I was in charge when we met Derby at home a few months ago – we got away with it a bit there, as they got a man sent off and it made it easier for us.
“We’re under no illusions that we go there with a hard task at hand. But we’ve got the quality to make a difference and take the game to them, which we’re hoping to do.”
Forward Yakou Méïté: “They will be looking for revenge for their defeat earlier in the season. They won last week and they have very good players.
“But with the squad we’ve got, if we do things right, we can come back with three points.”
A polite reminder to all of our supporters that no unauthorised access at all will be permitted to any of our home or away fixtures while games remain behind closed doors, so supporters must not travel to stadia on matchdays. All supporters have the opportunity to watch via iFollow.
We can’t wait to see you all soon – but for now it’s important that when we play, please stay away.