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🔜 Ahead of the game | Wednesday the weekend's guests as Owls visit Berkshire

Royals play host to Darren Moore's second game in charge of South Yorkshire outfit

5 March 2021

The Royals will be hoping to make it three league victories on the spin for the first time since October this weekend, however that will be a far from easy feat as a Sheffield Wednesday side, who will be fighting for their lives travel to Madejski Stadium on Saturday.

Darren Moore's first game in charge of the Hillsborough outfit was far from a perfect start as they fell to defeat in a local derby, meaning the former-Doncaster Rovers boss will be keen to see a reaction from his side when they make the 360-mile round trip to RG2.

Veljko Paunović's men meanwhile are high in confidence, bouyed by consecutive clean sheets and hoping to push that momentum onwards to their meeting with 23rd placed Wednesday, against whom they earnt a point against earlier in the campaign.

How to watch

Saturday's meeting with the The Owls is available for supporters to watch via iFollow.

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Royals supporters can grab their Match Pass to watch proceedings unfold, by clicking here ahead of our 3pm kick-off.

The opposition

Staying in the division was always going to be a tough task for Wednesday who began the season with a 12 point deduction, but having battled so well to climb away from the drop, just one win from seven has seen them fall back into trouble with 11 games to play.

Just a week ago, Wednesday made it four managers for the season as they cherrypicked Moore from League One side Doncaster Rovers in a bid to reignite their season and their fight for survival. 

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Last time out, in Moore's first game in charge, Wednesday fell to an agonising 2-1 defeat against fellow strugglers Rotherham United as Millers striker Freddie Ladapo struck a 96th minute winner to condemn Wednesday to a fifth straight defeat.

Wednesday's last win came in early February as they edged past bottom side Wycombe Wanderers in a 2-0 win. During January, the Owls boosted their hopes of beating the drop by adding free agents Andre Green and former defender Sam Hutchinson to their ranks.

One to watch: Josh Windass

Following a successful nine-game long loan spell at Hillsborough, attacking-midfielder Windass bought to an end to a two-year stint with Wigan Athletic when he signed for Wednesday on a permanent basis in September 2020.

The Hull-born 27-year-old who is the son of former Hull City striker Dean, has six goals to his name this season, one less than Owls top scorer Callum Paterson. He most recently struck twice during Wednesday's 3-2 defeat to Luton Town.

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After 10 years in Huddersfield Town's academy, Windass got his break in the Football League with Accrington Stanley, where in three seasons he netted 23 times in 86 Stanley appearances. His form at the Wham Stadium earnt him a move to Scottish giants Rangers where again he proved a success. 

Windass scored 18 goals in 41 games for the Gers during the 2017/18 Scottish Premiership campaign. During the week, Windass started Moore's maiden game in charge but was unable to prevent them falling to defeat as they slipped to within seven points of safety.

Pre-match chat

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Head-to-head

The Royals have won just four of their last 16 meetings with Wednesday, but are unbeaten in their last two outings against the Owls. 

Last time the two sides met, the 1-1 draw at Hillsborough in early December was remembered mainly for the numerous Reading penalty claims waved away, rather than the match itself, during which Lucas João struck against his former club.

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Our last win over Wednesday came in February 2020, as we recorded a resounding 3-0 victory in South Yorkshire thanks to goals from forwards Yakou Méïté, George Pușcaș and Sam Baldock.

Reading have won 11 and drawn seven of a total 30 meetings between the teams, dating back to our first clash in January 1929, which the Royals won 1-0.

Ref watch

James Linington will be the man in the middle come Saturday afternoon, for what will be his second Reading game of the season.

Linington has already taken charge of one Royals fixtures this season, as he officiated during our 3-1 win over AFC Bournemouth at the end of January, during John Swift was the only Reading player carded.

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Nigel Lugg and George Byrne will assist Linington in RG2 this weekend, while Benjamin Speedie will be the fourth official on this occasion.

During Linington's 22 league games to date, he has brandished 51 yellow cards and four additional red cards.

Notes from STAR

Supporters' Trust at Reading have put together their 'programme notes' ahead of the game, which you can access by clicking here.

Reminder

A polite reminder to our supporters that no unauthorised access will be permitted to this game, so supporters must not travel to Madejski Stadium.

We can’t wait to see you all again soon – but for now it’s important that when we play, please stay away.


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