Reading fans will be eager to see their side pick up all three points this weekend as they look to put a torrid run of league form behind them against Sheffield Wednesday.
The Royals have not won any of their last eight league matches, with the New Year’s Day victory over Fulham their last three-point haul – a win which saw manager Mark Bowen rewarded with a new contract at the club.
Wednesday night saw them throw away a one-goal advantage all too easily against promotion favourites West Brom at The Madejski, a result which led to plenty of frustration amongst the fans.
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However, their weekend opponents Wednesday are not in the best of form themselves, winning just one of their previous nine matches in the second-tier.
Bowen was in defiant mood ahead of this one as well. Here, we take a look the biggest talking points from his pre-match press conference…
His underlying message ahead of the trip was that his side are able to compete with anybody in the league, which they sort of showed early on against West Brom.
The Royals will be analysing the Owls’ in the short time allowed to them since Wednesday night, according to the manager, as they hunt for ways to hurt their opponents and avoid being hurt themselves.
He also emphasised how there are still 14 games to go. As things stand, Reading sit in lower midtable and a fair distance from both relegation and the play-offs. So this is a message to fans that things could still go either way.