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Preview: Reading v Owls


The Madejski Stadium, Reading

Tuesday, September 15


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.

Vital Quotes:

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
Draws: 2

Last Time Out:

Wednesday 1-1 Reading

Hillsborough, 22/04/06

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.

Previous Line-Ups:

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.

Next Fixtures:

v Ipswich Town (H) - 20/09/08

Date:Monday September 15 2008
Time: 10:25PM


Come on boys lets build on the weekend performance
16/09/2008 13:11:00
erm 3-0 down after 30 minutes is not good. Lets hope there is better news on the takeover tomorrow
16/09/2008 20:35:00
erm 6-0 down now. I am a mad keen usually optomistic Wednesday fan but in a way glad that a sense of realism will prevail after tonight's result and fans will realise that we are a long way off playoff potential. We need some new investment and some new hope very quickly
16/09/2008 21:32:00
Is it finished yet??... I dare not look!
16/09/2008 21:50:00
it's over now thank goodness
16/09/2008 22:01:00
awe well at least Jeffers wasn't injured!
16/09/2008 22:10:00
what a blooming shower of s***
16/09/2008 23:41:00
I think you should take note of Cliffandj's optimism. Just a bad day at the office i suppose. If it makes you feel any better... we were dire and were very lucky to scrape a draw!
17/09/2008 00:04:00
sorry but even you guys have to expect a certain amount of p155 take with this result - ha ha ha ha ha ha. like cliffandj commented, realism must prevail inself!! fact is, that at very very best you are a scrappy average midtable side, which is a giant leap forward on last seasons standings!! just for the record we were awfull tonight and looked totally disjointed in every department!!
17/09/2008 00:14:00
nothing you can say but holy feck
17/09/2008 02:40:00
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