PREVIEW: Reading (H)

The Royals make the trip North to face Doncaster Rovers tomorrow.

Rovers have been on good form at the Keepmoat lately, and look to extend their unbeaten league run into a third month.

Did You Know?

Reading used to be known as ‘The Biscuitmen’ due to the town’s association with Huntley & Palmers biscuit company. They are now known as ‘The Royals’ because the town is situated in Royal Berkshire.

Last Time Out (DRFC V RFC- 15/01/2011)

Reading last left Doncaster with a 3 goal advantage in January 2011. SHANE LONG opened the scoring just before the half hour mark when Kebe set him up clear on goal. JIMMY KEBE took the next goal which came in the second half on 67 minutes with a lob over the advancing Neil Sullivan.

Reading took further advantage five minutes later. JOBI MCANUFF blocked a Friend clearance and the ball rebounded into the net for Reading’s third.

Reading were left in 7th spot after their victory while Rovers were in 15th.

Reading League Record

2010/11 W- 20, D- 17. L- 9.

2011/12 W- 13, D- 6, L- 9.

Team News


Billy Sharp will obviously not feature since joining Southampton on Monday. El Hadji Diouf has extended his contract and is likely to retain his space in the staring line up.

Martin Woods’ return on Tuesday night made a positive impact in midfield, and should keep his space.

Fabien Robert should be available since joining on loan for the remainder of the season from Lorient.

In Charge

Mr Tony Bates is officiating the game on Saturday.

Bates was in charge when Rovers failed to keep a 2-0 lead at Bramall Lane last season. He showed one red card and 2 yellows during that game. He also rewarded one penalty, which was in Rovers favour.

He was last involved with Reading when they met Millwall at the Madejski on the opening day of the season. The game also finished 2-2 and he awarded 5 yellow cards in the encounter.


2 Comments Add yours

  1. @DONNYDIVArl says:

    Work prevented me from planning a trip to see this game. The snow came and the game was off anyway. This should give the team time to work together as a settled unit in training now with the transfer ins and outs finally sorted.This can only be good. It will also give us a little more time to build up the bench and squad as players return from injury. Definitely good to be able to see things on a mire positive giiting

    1. @DONNYDIVArl says:

      …contd …positive footing. I believe that the game at Reading when we were leading the season before last was a turning point and the start of our recent difficult times. No one I guess could have imagined what would follow. But… here we are hopefully on the up. I’ll look forward to the new date being announced for the game and to a Rovers win. We can then move into another positive phase for the club.

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