After gifting Middlesborough two goals in a home draw in mid-week Mark Robins takes his Huddersfield Town side to play-off hopefuls Reading.
Nigel Adkins men are fresh off a coupon busting surprise defeat to Barnsley and will be looking at this game as a chance to get themselves back on course; with Huddersfield’s away form not exactly great of late.
The Terriers have failed to record 3 points on the road since a 2-1 victory at Birmingham City way back on 15th Feb
Vital Quotes: Mark Robins
The majority of our games before the end of the season are against teams above us in the league so that gives us an opportunity to improve that record. We want to play with more freedom and eradicate the daft mistakes; hopefully we can entertain the fans. Reading are fighting to stay in the Play-Off spots and they are a good side.’
Reading Team News:
Sean Morrison could return after injury
Danny Guthrie returns from suspension.
Danny Williams, Mikele Leigertwood and Jem Karacan remain sidelined
Wayne Bridge is also expected to miss out despite returning to training.
Player to watch: Adam Le Fondre
Top Scorer and former Town target. The striker has only ever scored once vs the Terriers but will be looking to add to his 13 league goals this afternoon
Huddersfield Town Team News:
James Vaughan is hoping for a recall but could be set to stay on the bench with Robins playing just one up-front.
Joel Lynch is struggling to be fit for this and will face a late check
Player to watch: Alex Smithies
The young keeper has been subject to criticism in recent matches from certain sections of supporters. Smithies could be key here to achieving a favourable result
Match Facts & Stats
Reading won the earlier meeting 1-0 at the John Smith’s Stadium in December.
The Royals have won the last four meetings in all competitions – all by a 1-0 scoreline. Huddersfield’s last win was 2-0 at Reading’s old ground Elm Park in the old Division One in March 1998.
Huddersfield have won only one of the last eight meetings in all competitions, losing six.
Reading lost 3-1 against Barnsley at home on Tuesday – their first defeat in six games.
The Royals have not won any of their last five games at home, losing three. Their last win at the Madejski Stadium was 5-1 against Blackpool on 28 January.
Huddersfield have not won any of their last five games, losing three. Their last win was 5-0 against Barnsley at home on 1 March.
The Terriers have won one of their last 10 away games in the Championship. Their only win on the road since early December was 2-1 at Birmingham on 15 February.
Keith Stroud will be the official in charge this afternoon.
Reading 2-1 Huddersfield Town
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