Wednesday will be looking to make it two wins on the spin and keep their spot in the Championship top-six when they face a tough trip to the Madejski Stadium on Tuesday night to face an indeifferent Reading side.
The Royals were looking to bounce straight back to the Premiership at the first attempt after keeping hold of boss Steve Coppell over the summer but have had a mixed bag of results on their return to the Championship.
And with three wins in three on home soil so far, Coppell’s troops will be confident of overcoming the Owls and bouncing back from their weekend defeat at Ipswich Town.
Owls boss Brian Laws told the official SWFC website:
‘We have to go to Reading looking for a result. We have only been beaten once this season so far and that happened to be at Wolves, who hit the ground running and are flying.
‘We certainly don’t have anything to fear at Reading. They knew they were going to be contenders at the start of the season and while they have started slowly I think they are going to be up there come the end of the season.’
Liam Rosenior told the official Reading website following their weekend defeat:
‘I’m upset after this defeat because I’m part of the team. The attitude is there from everyone, we give our all every time we play and the fans know that. It’s a confidence and quality thing and we need to sort it out now.
‘Tuesday’s game is must-win now and I’m glad we’ve got a chance to put it right straight away. We had a talk in the dressing room after the game about putting things right now. We were frustrated because we’re better than that.’
Reading Team News:
Liam Rosenior is the biggest doubt for the Royals after twisting his ankle in the defeat to Ipswich at the weekend and will undergo a late fitness test. Julian Kelly is his likely replacement should he miss out.
Boss Steve Coppell has vented his frustration at the lack of availability of Andre Bikey, who has trained with the Royals just six days in the last three months because of international duty.
But Bikey is back and will be pushing for a starting place against the Owls.
Player to watch: Kevin Doyle
The Irish striker has already bagged a hatful of goals this season, including a hat-trick in their alst outing on home soil against Crystal Palace, and will be wanting to fire the Royals to another three points on Tuesday night.
Wednesday Team News:
Wednesday boss Brian Laws is likely to stick with the same starting eleven that overcame Watford in comfortable fashion at the weekend.
Defender Mark Beevers will remain on the sidelines through injury, although Wednesday will be given a boost with the news that striker Francis Jeffers is ready to return to the squad to travel to the Madjeski Stadium after months on the sidelines.
Deon Burton could be pushing for a return, with Jermaine Johnson, Marcus Tudgay and Etienne Esajas all available to move around Laws’ current favoured forward three.
Player to watch: Jermaine Johnson
With Reading’s attack arguably the best in the Championship, many wilol be looking towards the Wednesday defence as the key area of the squad for the clash. But Laws will be looking to defend from the front in Johnson, and will be looking at his pace and skill to counter the hosts on the break.
Match Facts & Stats
Reading wins: 3
Wednesday wins: 5
Last Time Out:
Wednesday 1-1 Reading
Dave Kitson gave promotion-chasing Reading the lead at Hillsborough just after the half hour mark but a Steve Maclean penalty on the hour mark rescued a point for Wednesday the last time the two teams met.
Reading: Hahnemann, Rosenior, Ingimarsson, Pearce, Armstrong (Convey 75), Harper, Karacan (Bikey 80), Kebe, Stephen Hunt, Doyle, Long (Noel Hunt 60). Subs Not Used: Federici, Kelly.
Wednesday: Grant, Spurr, Gilbert, Wood, McMahon, Watson, McAllister (Burton 79), O’Connor, Tudgay, Esajas (Small 85), Johnson (Clarke 85). Subs Not Used: O’Donnell, Smith.
v Ipswich Town (H) – 20/09/08