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Reading vs. Wednesday

The Madejski Stadium, Reading

Tuesday, September 15


Preview: Reading v Owls

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

The Journalist

Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday September 15 2008

Time: 10:25PM

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Come on boys lets build on the weekend performance
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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
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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
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16/09/2008 21:32:00

Is it finished yet??... I dare not look!
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16/09/2008 21:50:00

it's over now thank goodness
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16/09/2008 22:01:00

awe well at least Jeffers wasn't injured!
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16/09/2008 22:10:00

what a blooming shower of s***
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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!
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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!!
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17/09/2008 00:14:00

nothing you can say but holy feck
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17/09/2008 02:40:00

ever the optimist lets try and be this years ipswich stong at home useless away they finished 1 point of playoffs:)
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17/09/2008 02:45:00

Time for BL to get the chicken wings out. Embarrassing
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17/09/2008 08:14:00

Erm...just giving you a chance to catch us up BFL??? Nah can't really get away with that excuse either can we. You're right (on this one, only) we can't avoid the**** take on this one. It's going to be a long day at the office sitting opposite a Blade today! Agreed that you were **** too by the sounds of it BFL
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17/09/2008 08:39:00

If it was the other way round we'd be giving them some stick, so it can only be expexcted. I agree with BFL we are mid table at best this season unless the takeover happens which I can't see happening at all anymore.
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17/09/2008 09:31:00

It doesn't hurt to get hammered once in a while - remember 92 when we got beat 6-1 leeds and 7-1 arsenal but still finished 3rd in the top flight. United had a similar season the last time they finished 3rd in the top flight - I think that was in 1902 though. I saw the goals on TV and they were truly awful. I have to admit without our ususal defence we are poor in that area. I don't know about McMahon but I think we all know Gilbert is poor. Its still a good start to the season though.
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17/09/2008 09:45:00

dire in all departments. reading are a good side, but we gave them 3 goals. i don't mind getting beat, but there has to be a bit of fight and passion about the way we play. the only players to come out with any sort of credit are grant (could have been 8-0), spurr and woody. the midfield was non-existent and the strikers' workrate was laughable. where was watson??
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17/09/2008 09:55:00

Reading Fan here. Well done to those loyal fans who stayed to the bitter end last night (its good to see) shame on those who left early !!!! Truth be known your performance was poor last night, not out classed you were poor. Your whole team seemed non-existent, no passion and no fight you rolled over after 6 mins for us to tickle your belly. Hope you pick up after this performance. -ROYALSITE
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17/09/2008 10:01:00

Seems like we have one good result and decent performance and think we're world beaters who don't have to put in any effort and then get duly spanked in our next match. BL doesn't seem too upset about it though so maybe we can put it down to a bad day at the office. South_Owl - didn't go last ngiht and not seen the goals but McMahon has impressed me so far this season would be good if we could hang on to him for a while. Poor old Gilbert obviously had his one good game last Sat - normal service resumed last night. Let's hope we can pick ourselves back up on Saturday
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17/09/2008 10:06:00

shocking result but reading are a good side who will be there or thereabouts at the end of the season,its not all doom and gloom we are 5 points better off than this time last season,good to see jeffers get a run out.quick recovery needed on saturday.UTO.
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17/09/2008 10:31:00

i aggre with royalsite..i was at reading last night and there was no excuse for that passion fight nothing,a disgrace..b.laws must also take some blame with his team selection and tactics..why was s watson droped from the last game??..midfield was totally over run because there was no help from the wingers or strikers!..mcmahon had a shocker and as for gilbert well he should not wear a wednesday shirt again as he is proper crap,conference material...saying all that i dont take anything away from reading they are a good side but they will not come up against a worst team for the rest of the cost me over 100 and a shift off work to go last night and i feel cheated!
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17/09/2008 11:25:00

8 points better off dubai:)
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17/09/2008 15:25:00

sorry wesp your right 7th game we got the points last season.cracker from jeffers,hope he repeats it on sat.
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17/09/2008 19:09:00

got a feeling he will score on sat 2-1 win tudgay jeffers keep positive.
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17/09/2008 19:43:00

put it this way lads, anything but relegation is a bonus for you lot this season. you are already doing 20 times better than what anyone else thought you would do, so don't worry. as for us lot - well, some dam dam good players on an absolute packet playing like sunday league. no need to comment any further!!
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17/09/2008 20:46:00

i am still laughing to myself about last night - sorry lads!! ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. im going for 7-0 on sat jon stead {4) and quinny (3) ha ha just imagine. sure they will get a great reception!!
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17/09/2008 20:49:00


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