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Opponent's profile - Reading

19 October 2015

A brief overview of the Royals...

Rotherham United fans will be able to welcome Neil Redfearn for his first home game in charge on Tuesday when The Millers face promotion-chasing Reading at the AESSEAL New York Stadium.

With the opponents currently sitting in third place in the Championship, it promises to be a tough game on home soil.

Reading have won each of their last three games, a run which includes victories over Burnley and Middlesbrough and have the joint-meanest defence in the Championship, alongside Boro.

League position

One to watch – Nick Blackman
If the Millers are to come away with three points, their defence will have to be alert to stop in-form striker Nick Blackman.

The forward has scored in each of his last five games and leads the Championship goalscoring charts with eight goals to his name already.

Blackman is likely to line up on the right of a front three and cut inside on to his dangerous left foot, a move which has seen him get the better of many Championship defences already this campaign.

Previous encounters
The Millers won the home tie 2-1 in April last season, with goals from Matt Derbyshire and Lee Frecklington securing the club’s place in the Sky Bet Championship for the 2015-16 campaign.

Oliver Norwood thundered home a late strike which served as little more than a consolation.

However, Reading ran out 3-0 winners at the Madejski Stadium in November 2014 as Simon Cox netted a brace after Jamie Mackie’s opener.

Likely Lineup
Al-Habsi; Gunter, McShane, Hector, Obita; Norwood, Tshibola, Piazon; Blackman, John, Sa

Anton Ferdinand (thigh), Stephen Quinn (knee), Jonathan Bond (groin), Hal Robson-Kanu (ankle), Matej Vydra (knee – doubt)

Lee Frecklington (calf), Joe Newell (foot), Joe Mattock (shoulder), Richie Smallwood (suspended), Danny Ward (back).

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