Date:Friday August 30 2013
Saturday 31st August 2013
After one of the most forgettable nights in the clubs history, Reading will move swiftly back onto the league campaign, as they prepare to face Championship new boys Yeovil Town. Gary Johnson's side were also involved in a midweek cup tie, a thrilling and controversial 3-3 draw with Birmingham, which went through extra time and into penalties. Nigel Adkins will want to get a result, after a few Royals fans are starting to ask some questions of the former Southampton boss.
Reading manager Nigel Adkins on his side bouncing back from the loss to Peterborough - 'We expect the players to go and take responsibility. We have had a meeting about it. What we've done is talk about it, and we're quickly moving on to the next game. Actions speak louder than words and we've got to make sure we're pulling in the same direction. We've got to make sure we've got our supporters on our side - we've got to go down there and make sure we get the three points.'
On-loan goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey is set to start his second league game for the Glovers, despite injury concerns before agreeing his loan spell. Striker Paddy Madden is set to be restored to the starting XI, after being rested for the cup tie against Birmingham.
The Republic of Ireland international will probably be a key reason if the Glovers stay up this season, despite failing to find the net still this campaign. Great movement in front of goal and lethal finishing, backed up with an impressive goal record.
Nigel Adkins is likely to make plenty of changes from the side that lost to Peterborough in midweek, I would imagine eight minimum. Midfielder Mikele Leigertwood is set to miss out again, while Jason Roberts is still not back into full training yet.
After a horrendous loss midwekk, you need an experienced head to encourage you and get past a bad result. Bridge has great experience, having played at international level and the European stage, so I'm sure he will be pivotal in making sure the confidence doesn't drop anymore.
Yeovil - 4-4-2: Hennessey, Ayling, Webster, Tate, Seabourne, Dawson, Upson, Edwards, Davis, Madden, Williams
Reading - 4-2-3-1: McCarthy, Kelly, Morrison, Pearce, Bridge, Karacan, Guthrie, McCleary, Drenthe, McAnuff, Blackman
This game will work one of two ways. We either let that result in midweek get to us and simply deteriorate with another loss. On the other hand, we can forget about the Peterborough result and use that anger to put in a performance tomorrow. I'm going to go for latter and say we will come away with a win tomorrow, but Yeovil will push us hard for the result.
Vital Reading prediction: Yeovil 1 - 3 Reading
Yeovil - Sheffield Wednesday (A) - Sat 14th September - SkyBet Championship
Reading - Brighton (H) - Sun 15th September - SkyBet Championship
Date:Friday August 30 2013
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