|Match date||Saturday 11 November 2000, 3.00pm kick-off|
|Opposition||Colchester United (Home - League Division Two)|
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Reading's biggest crowd of the season so far! Read
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for bringing along all your mates. The Royals are in top form - and this
match could see Reading return to the top of the Second Division table
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|Travel, pubs, food||
- See away fans guide for travel,
food and beer guide.
Pardew's biggest decision
will be who to start up front out of the Royals strike force - spoilt
for choice is the biggest understatement there is. Fans will be calling
for Cureton to start after being left out of the first eleven for recent
away trips. Cureton and Butler seems a natural choice, but even McIntyre
has worked so hard this season he's more than deserving of a start. Rougier
will probably play wide, which could mean Reading will be balanced into
a very attacking formation. At the back Mackie, who was superb last week
at Walsall, is set to continue alongside Viveash in the centre of defence.
Smith could be prefered to Keith Jones in midfield, but Parkinson should
make another start after his best performance so far this season last
- from: Brown, White, Fitzgerald, Dozzell, Stockwell, Skelton,
Morgan, Gregory, Johnson, McGavin, Duguid, Lock, Walker, Dunne, Keith.
Reading dropped to third place in the table during the week after Wigan jumped above us. The real damage was done last weekend though when Reading lost 1-2 away at Walsall who took back the first place they'd held earlier in the season. Last Saturday was our fifth away defeat of the season, but it could have been very different if the referee had given our goal in the first half or the penalty in the second half when Rougier was hacked down inside the area. Our away performances have been improving for certain - but we're still playing very different to how we play at home. Reading are still undefeated at home all season in the league - with seven wins and just the one draw from eight matches. We're banging in millions of goals and it's going to take a real off day for Reading to slip to their first defeat of the season at home. Our last three home matches have seen a 2-0 win over Wycombe, a 4-1 win over Wrexham, and the late 4-3 win against Oxford.
We've scored 29 goals at home in eight games while Colchester United have managed just 6 away from home and let in 11 in eight matches. Colchester are six off the bottom of the division with just one victory away from home all season and three draws, so Reading will be hot favourites. Last Saturday Colchester went down 0-2 at home to Northampton, and before that they were done over 1-3 at Peterborough. The last away trip before that was a 0-1 defeat at Brentford. So it's looking good for Reading.
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