When : Saturday 2nd December, 3pm
Where : Stadium of Light, Sunderland, SR5 1SU
Capacity : 48,707
Away Stand : Behind the goal in the upper tier of the North Stand
What might I see in the area : Depression
Really not looking forward to this one. Longest away trip of the season to face a struggling team with a new manager in charge for his first home game so everyone’s bound to rock up as if it’s the opening day of the season and all that has gone before never happened.
Then, on top of that, Sunderland have not won a home game of any description since beating Watford 1-0 back on 16th December 2016 and given Reading’s season so far, and the tendency to collapse without trace whenever they play opponents on this type of run, things probably could not be more difficult.
It is therefore critical Reading get in the faces of Sunderland from the off and not allow them to build any momentum. It is vital Reading keep possession and frustrate the opposition and fans as much as possible so any good will from the terraces starts to evaporate. All in all not easy, everyone will have to be up for this so let’s hope Stam has some sort of plan that catches everyone out as Chris Coleman knows a good deal about Reading having being a regular visitor to watch Edwards and Gunter (so something else for the Gunter scapegoaters to blame him for no doubt).
Sunderland have doubts over Lamine Kone, Josh Maja, Jonny Williams and Duncan Watmore. I don’t believe there’s any new injury worries for Reading and Liam Moore can breathe easily for a while as being booked now won’t mean an automatic suspension. Therefore Stam is likely to have the option of playing the same starting XI for an incredible 3rd game in a row
So enraptured was he with Reading’s performance at Derby last month, Hampshire’s Keith Stroud has jumped at the chance to make the journey and renew his acquaintance with the club for the fourth time this year.
Previously with Mr Stroud
04 Nov 2017 > Derby County 2-4 Reading
01 Apr 2017 > Reading 1-0 Leeds United
14 Feb 2017 > Reading 3-2 Brentford
19 Nov 2016 > Reading 3-0 Burton Albion
28 Dec 2015 > Reading 1-2 Brentford
07 Nov 2015 > Cardiff City 2-0 Reading
03 Oct 2015 > Reading 2-0 Middlesbrough
14 Apr 2015 > Reading 0-1 Bournemouth
29 Mar 2014 > Reading 1-1 Huddersfield Town
11 Jan 2014 > Watford 0-1 Reading
13 Aug 2011 > Leicester City 0-2 Reading
03 Apr 2010 > Ipswich Town 2-1 Reading
06 Feb 2010 > Doncaster Rovers 1-2 Reading
29 Dec 2007 > Tottenham Hotspur 6-4 Reading
22 Sep 2007 > Reading 2-1 Wigan Athletic
25 Feb 2006 > Reading 2-1 Preston North End
23 Aug 2005 > Reading 3-1 Swansea City (League Cup)
Sunderland are another of these teams that Reading have barely seen anything of down the years. The first time they played each other was in a 1-1 draw at Roker Park in the FA Cup in 1973. A season which saw Sunderland win the competition.
First league game was in the 2nd Division in 1986 when Reading drew 1-1 at Roker Park (Paul Canoville ). In total there have been a whopping 8 seasons shared by the clubs, of which Sunderland have had the best return by winning on 4 occasions to Reading’s 2 successes.
For the record Reading never lost a game at Roker Park (1 win and 3 draws incl. the FA Cup game) but have only won once at the Stadium of Light (1 win and 4 defeats).
Reading have also never kept a clean sheet at the Stadium of Light and have only kept Sunderland down to 1 goal on 1 occasion at that venue.
http://www.sunderlandmad.com/t18766-sun ... -v-reading
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