Preview

Two defeats in two league games, a shoddy goal difference and being rock bottom of the Championship as things stand, is that positivity starting to wear thin? Perhaps it is more apathy when it comes to Town matches, a similar feeling to the end of last season.

So with Town still manager-less there are no new faces in the squad or in those positions where we so badly need to strengthen *cough* defence *cough* up front.

However, our next opponents Reading look set to complete a deal for our Nothern Ireland international Oliver Norwood in a deal well in excess of £1million.

It would be once again fantastic business in the transfer market by Dean Hoyle and the board to sell another player in the last year of their contract for such a large amount of money.

Also it would give any potential new manager some funds to improve the squad, which is so desperately needed in those areas mentioned above. Sadly, it looks like the new boss won't be Patrick Kluivert...

Likely line-up

Don't expect anything too different to the side the lost out to Cardiff at the weekend. However, Mark Lillis may chose to replace Jon Stead who was less than impressive in Wales at the weekend with Danny Ward the likely man to come in.


Prediction

Reading 2 - 1 Town
Another tough test for Town, expect we'll push hard in a close game but Reading will probably prove to be more clinical over the course of the 90 minutes.


Know Your Enemy

Throughout this season, Thrice Champions will be getting the views of opposition fans, bloggers and podcasters so you know the story behind the club they know so much about.

Ahead of our Tuesday night trip down to Reading, we spoke to Dan Wimbush who is Editor of the brilliant Reading FC site 'The Tilehurst End'.

Here's what he had to say to our questions...


TC: After last seasons finish and the changes in the club, what would you class as a good season for Reading ?

TTE: It totally depends on the investment provided by our new ownership really. If the squad remained as it is today then I'd say a play-off push would be considered an excellent return but if we added three or four new faces there's no reason we couldn't aim for even better. However considering we fielded a subs bench against Ipswich that had a total of one outfield Championship appearance between them, if you offered me top 10 right now I'd snap your hand off!


TC: How do you feel the transfer window so far has gone for you so far?

TTE: For the vast majority of this window it's been a strictly selling only policy as we saw a number of experienced players depart following the expiry of their deals and then the sale of top scorer Adam Le Fondre to pay off a tax bill. However with the new owners on the horizon the purse strings have been opened and we've seen Simon Cox, Jamie Mackie and Anton Ferdinand all arrive at the club. Sadly we've had a blow losing Sean Morrison but if that money is allowed to be reinvested it could make us stronger in the long term.


TC: What was the reaction in Sean Morrison leaving Reading?

TTE: Morrison was a popular figure amongst the fans and in the dressing room, while as a defender he wasn't half bad either so understandably fans are a bit upset at seeing him sold to a Championship rival. That being said, Morrison hasn't played 40 games at Championship level or above yet so to get up to £4 million for him has to be seen as a fantastic bit of business really. As with any deal you'll only be able to judge it based on how the money is spent but the early signs are that young Michael Hector could play just as well if not better than the former Swindon defender.


TC: Is seeing John Madejski selling on to foreign owners the right thing for Reading ?

TTE: In an ideal world you'd love to see Sir John remain at the helm and take the club on to the next level but the reality is the bloke isn't getting younger and his fortune has shrunk to the stage where he simply can't support a Championship football club, yet alone a Premier League one. His last decision to sell to a foreign owner almost sent the club into administration so fingers crossed he's learned something from the disasterous Anton Zingarevich era. Sure I'd love another Reading businessman to take control of things but the funds needed these days means that there's an increasingly small pool of people who can support a football club and in these circumstances you just have to cross your fingers and hope for the best.

TC: Which Reading player should Huddersfield fans worry about?

TTE: Pavel Pogrebnyak is our only recognised fit striker so will no doubt be leading the line, while recently signed Simon Cox will be eager to open his account on his return to the club. Behind them you've got last year's Player of the Season Jordan Obita in fine form as well as impressive contributions from younger players like Ryan Edwards and Jake Taylor. At the moment this is very much a team effort rather than a club that's relying on star power from 2 or 3 players so expect everyone to muck in and do their bit.


TC: Which Huddersfield player do you think Reading fans should worry about?

TTE: Nigel Adkins has made no secret of the fact he wanted Nakhi Wells in January and the fact he went on to score at the Madejski came as no surprise! His pace is always going to be a problem for our defence while Majewski is a player that can create something out of nothing so I hope Akpan will have his work cut out as our holding midfielder.


TC: What is your prediction for Tuesday?

TTE: Three positive results should see confidence levels high in the Reading camp, that coupled with home advantage and your own sloppy start should see Reading get a point at the very minimum with a win more than likely. However this is the Championship and if you nicked an early goal or two then that confidence in our young side could evaporate in a hurry. To be cliche I think the first goal will be vital but I think we'll take it 1-0 or 2-1.


Dan Wimbush who is the editor of 'The Tilehurst End' was speaking with Thrice Champions' Greg Marah.

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