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THE INSIDE TRACK: READING

7 April 2017

Our guide to The Royals

NORWICH City host Reading in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday, April 8 (3pm). 

Here we take a look at what’s in store for City at Carrow Road.

IN THE PRESS
Liam Moore believes Norwich City's players still have plenty of reasons to be motivated despite their hopes of a Sky Bet Championship play-off spot looking increasingly remote.

City's chances of finishing in the top six appear slim, but defender Moore told readingfc.co.uk: "They have some great players and they'll be desperate to get a result and finish the season strongly.


"They don't know who the manager will be next season. Those players will be playing for their futures.

"We need to be wary and we need to do what we've done the last three games. I can't credit the lads enough, because we've been very good, but you're only as good as your last game.

"We want to kick on and try to do more."

PREVIOUS MEETING
Norwich City endured a difficult Boxing Day, when they fell to a 3-1 defeat at Reading's Madejski Stadium earlier this season.

Yann Kermorgant headed the Royals in front with half-time approaching, largely against the run of play after Alex Neil's side had enjoyed the better of the opening 45 minutes.

The Canaries responded in the second period, levelling on the hour-mark when Nelson Oliveira converted Jacob Murphy's cut-back.

City missed a golden chance to go in front moments later, before Jonny Howson was dismissed for a handball on the line.


Yann Kermorgant's resultant penalty came off the crossbar, with Garath McCleary on hand to follow up and restore the home side's lead.

With the visitors pushing for a late equaliser despite being down to ten men, they were caught on the break in the final minute when Callum Harriott stormed forward to rifle home.

ROYALS TRIVIA
Despite being more commonly known as The Royals, Reading were originally referred to as The Biscuitmen due to the town's association with the Huntley & Palmers company.

They played at Elm Park for 102 years between 1896 and 1998, before moving to their current residence, The Madejski Stadium.


They hold the record for the most successive league wins at the start of a season, with a total of 13 amassed at the start of the 1985-1986 Third Division campaign.

Another record held by Reading is the most points gained in a professional league season, topping the 2005-06 Championship table with 106 points.

IN THE SQUAD 
Goalkeepers: Ali Al Habsi, Anssi Jaakkola, Stuart Moore.

Defenders: Chris Gunter, Jake Cooper, Paul McShane, Liam Moore, Tiago Iliori, Zak Jules, Tyler Blackett, Danzell Gravenberch, Tennai Watson, Reece Oxford, 

Midfielders: Joey van den Berg, George Evans, John Swift, Jordan Obita, Gareth McCleary, Callum Harriott, Sandro Wieser, Yakou Meite, Stephen Quinn, Daniel Williams, Josh Barrett, Liam Kelly, Jordon Mutch.

Forwards: Roy Beerens, Joseph Mendes, Deniss Rakels, Dominic Samuel, Yann Kermorgant, Adrian Popa, Lewis Grabban.




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