|Match date||Monday 11 February 2002, 7.45pm kick-off|
|Opposition||Brighton and Hove Albion (League Division Two)|
This game is ALL-TICKET.
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Withdean Stadium, Brighton.
Reading - from: Roberts, Murty, Mackie, Williams, Shorey, Igoe, Gamble, Cureton, Hughes, N Smith, Salako, Rougier, Henderson, Forster, Ashdown, Robinson.
Brighton - from: Kuipers, Watson, Cullip, Morgan, Mayo, Brooker, Oatway, Carpenter, Jones, Hart, Zamora, Rogers, Lehmann, Melton, Virgo, Pethick.
The game we've all been waiting for...
Reading wins: 27
Reading and Brighton have met four times in the last ten years - with
Reading taking the full 12 points over the four Division Two fixtures.
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|Predictions||A draw would be great in this vital top of the table fixture...
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Reading travel to Brighton possibly feeling that this maybe our season,
you make your own luck and looking back at how things were earlier on
in proceedings, Pardew will feel that our league position is nothing to
do with luck, but more to do with a change in the coaching staff and a
few strategic loan signings which have turned Royals season around. In
this respect you have to give the management team credit as well as JM
for sticking by his man. This was a huge test of faith for JM and we will
never know how close Pardew was to being replaced. Everywhere you look
and listen, the Royals are being quoted as the best team in the division,
and certainly Brighton will want to have their say about that on Monday
night when they take on Reading at home. Brighton's form has been patchy
of late, but despite their indifferent performance on Saturday against
Vale, they have lost only 5 league matches this season. They are still
behind Reading as despite the inform Zamora, they have played out too
many draws, an outcome which would suit Reading more than Brighton tomorrow!
Although Reading are not firing as well as they were a few weeks ago,
unusually I have a positive feeling about our chances, as Brighton have
been scraping results a little like the Royals last year and when they
are asked the question tomorrow night they maybe found wanting especially
if they take the game too us and give our team the room to play. Despite
Readings inability to get to grips with Notts County on Saturday, we played
well enough in patches to feel that we can repeat the terrific away results
recently achieved at Huddersfield and Wigan. If the squad is fit then
the main preparation will be in the motivational area and I think games
where the opposition will take us on is all the motivation we need at
the moment. Good luck lads see you at Swindon hopefully to celebrate another
victory with revenge over our old rivals.
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