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Tough Run Starts At Huddersfield Tonight

21 February 2017
By Hob Nob Anyone?

It's third versus fourth tonight as Reading make the trip to Huddersfield looking to cement a place in the top six and keep in touch with the top two. With a visit to Brighton coming up at the weekend it's make or break time on an outside chance of automatic promotion. Only six points will do if Reading want to stay as contenders for a top two finish. The gap between Reading and seventh place is nine points but that could soon be eroded if these two games bring two defeats. Many, both inside and outside the club, still think that Reading's position in the table is somehow "false" rather than just suprising. Tonight's game is a real chance to prove our promotion credentials - if only we can avoid defeat.

When Huddersfield visited the Madejski Stadium earlier this season it was Reading that picked up the three points thanks to Roy Beerens who scored the only goal of the game. That was way back in September, but after the game Huddersfield were second and Reading were fourth - so little has changed since then. Both sides have had dips in form inbetween but it has been a suprisingly consistant league season from both clubs. Last season we were beaten 1-3 in the League at Huddersfield but drew 2-2 in the FA Cup before winning the replay 5-2 at home after being two goals down. There is a lot of recent history between the sides and the record is very evenly split.

Having waited a week for a game after last Tuesday night's dramatic 3-2 victory over Brentford, Reading have no new injury concerns. The Royals will have both Paul McShane and Joey van den Berg available for selection after they have completed their returns from injury. The return of McShane is great news as Reading look to tighten the defence and Jaap Stam is seriously spoilt for choice with loan defender Reece Oxford having to sit it out on the bench. Oxford will have to keep waiting with McShane and van den Berg probably both above him in the selection order.

Stam is also spoilt for choice in midfield. Swift scored an important first goal of the game against Brentford but Reading looked much improved after a triple substitution that included Evans joining the action as Reading turned the game around. Beerens will also be hoping to start but may find the competition for a starting place too tough. Grabban is yet to make a real impression at the club but Kermorgant looked strong when he played the last twenty minutes against Brentford. So many options!

Recent Meetings With Huddersfield

24 September 2016 Championship Huddersfield (HOME) W: 1-0 Read report...
08 March 2016 Championship Huddersfield (Away) L: 1-3 Read report...
19 January 2016 FA Cup Huddersfield (HOME) W: 5-2 Read report...
09 January 2016 FA Cup Huddersfield (Away) D: 2-2 Read report...
03 November 2015 Championship Huddersfield (HOME) D: 2-2 Read report...
24 February 2015 Championship Huddersfield (Away) L: 0-3 Read report...
03 January 2015 FA Cup Huddersfield (Away) W: 1-0 Read report...
19 August 2014 Championship Huddersfield (HOME) L: 1-2 Read report...
29 March 2014 Championship Huddersfield (HOME) D: 1-1 Read report...
14 December 2013 Championship Huddersfield (Away) W: 1-0 Read report...


Discussion On This Story:

 The Informant

» 19 Feb 2017 19:06

I try to pass off others' work as my own, so here is a HTFC view of the game:


» 20 Feb 2017 10:48

Referee is Mr Tony Harrington, all the way from Cleveland


10 Dec 2016 > Reading 2-1 Sheffield Wednesday
06 Feb 2016 > Reading 0-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers
26 Sep 2015 > Burnley 1-2 Reading
01 Oct 2014 > Leeds United 0-0 Reading


Never played a league game (or any first team game come to that) with Huddersfield until October 1975 but since then there have been 43 league games. This trip will be the 22nd time Reading have been to Huddersfield looking for some points and, despite the utter misery of the last couple of visits, Reading's record isn't to shabby for a long awkward northern trip managing 8 wins to Huddersfield's 10.

Reading have only conceded 1 goal in those 8 wins, so as long as we can keep a clan sheet there's a chance... :lol:

Really expecting to be totally and utterly battered by a team that we already know press very high and won't give us a moment's chance to arse about trying to decide which pass back will be the most dangerous to make. One would hope Stam has looked long and hard at how to stop Huddersfield and will throw in some devious team selection, or tactic, that catches everyone out.


» 20 Feb 2017 10:56

I'm fully expecting us to lose both games against Huddersfield and Brighton so anything would be a positive really. Hopefully Mr Harrington's unbeaten record with us will persist.


» 20 Feb 2017 11:08

I must be one of very few people who is confident for this one. I know they were down to ten and that but we beat them earlier in the season when they were on similar form (top of the league at that point IIRC) and on paper I'm not sure if there defence is totally world beating. If we don't fanny around and if we defend better than recently I can't see why we cant do the double over a team that has had a few days to prepare to our week.

 Gunny Fishcake

» 20 Feb 2017 12:17

I lost count of how many times we win against all odds , I think a draw at both games, would be well happy with that


» 20 Feb 2017 12:25

Slightly bemusing first post on this thread. Where was it pasted from ? Certainly not written by someone with any Royals knowledge ! Quinn to start ? Ilori and Harriet 'doubts' ? Gunter a key player ?

 Ian Royal

» 20 Feb 2017 13:03

The Informant is troll, desperate for my attention usually.


» 20 Feb 2017 13:17

I think the game Huddersfield play is the one we are most susceptible to. They like to press and put defenders under pressure, I'm worried our defence might crumble with limited time on the ball, especially if Gunter and Blackett are two of the CBs.


» 20 Feb 2017 13:20

can't say I'm particularly confident for this one. I'm hoping Stam goes for a fairly solid midfield (i.e. not Swift/Kelly/Williams as a 3) that can stop Hudders passing game getting too much of a grip on proceedings.

Defensively they don't look too special, so I'd be happy for us to try to keep it tight, play on the counter and not be too expansive. If we do go a goal down we've plenty of options to come on and change the shape of the side.


» 20 Feb 2017 13:35

I have a really bad feeling about this.

 The Informant

» 20 Feb 2017 14:00

Agreed - I'd be tempted to play with two holding CM players with wingers that tuck in when we don't have the ball then break with speed when we win it back. I just haven't seen Stam learning from our away stuffings yet this season. We have been quite poor off the ball.


» 20 Feb 2017 14:00

Ripped off in toto from here:

Poor form. Will update the original post to give credit where it's due.

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