You suspect Reading must attack this game with a ferocity borne of an already perilous Premier League position.

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Chris Hughton’s men head to the Madejski with a five point buffer to the Royals; a swing that could be turned around in two games admittedly, but the differential even at this early stage illustrates City appear a more streetwise outfit in the unforgiving top flight.

Reading have led five times in the Premier League and are yet to secure a priceless win. Whatever else that signifies Brian McDermott is smart enough to realise self doubt must begin to creep into a squad who carried all before them in the Championship. For a group of players so used to winning, each passing winless week is a jolt to the system.

However Reading want to play it, Norwich should have the antidote. Bradley Johnson and Alex Tettey can mix it in that key midfield battleground. If Reading try to make it an expansive, attacking affair, City have plenty of flair, with Wes Hoolahan, Anthony Pilkington and Robert Snodgrass to pick out just three who will relish any space to probe for fresh weakness in a Reading backline set to be shorn of their impressive keeper Alex McCarthy. A shining light in the early gloom.

Expect few changes in personnel or system from the methodology which has triggered a sharp upturn in recent fortunes. Michael Turner and Javier Garrido have both been passed fit. Steven Whittaker has already underlined his importance to the cause. Reading will have targeted Norwich’s visit for that landmark win. Of that you can be sure.

City will have to withstand more on an onslaught than they faced at an anaemic Villa Park last time on the road. John Ruddy is likely to be pressed into more meaningful service than recent weeks. But Norwich have an excellent recent record at the Royals. Two defeats in six visits. It would be a major surprise not to see that trend continue.

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  • Offensive posts have to be moderated. Please keep your posts polite, realistic, well structured and intelligent. Thanks friends. Ged - Pinkun Legend.

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    Ged Steroo

    Sunday, November 11, 2012

  • Just got Error 503 when logging in! Is this a record?

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    The Crab

    Saturday, November 10, 2012

  • Prediction way out, Stooge. McCarthy got your lot another win.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, November 12, 2012

  • Ah, the Gedster is back ! Why bother to see a very poor team when you could go and watch a good one ? Tell you what, I'll swap your ticket in the Corporate Directors Box at Carrow Road for the Man Utd game on 17 Nov. In return I'll get you a ticket to watch a really good local team - who are currently positioned 24th in the Championship - playing against those legends of English football, Leicester City. OK, I trust we have a deal then Ged ?

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, November 10, 2012

  • How lovely to see the same formation for many times in a row - except from some changes in the defense. Difficult match - but we beat Stoke, so perhaps we can do Reading, too?

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    norwaysbiggesthoolahanfan

    Saturday, November 10, 2012

  • 3-1. We'll lose. We are a very poor team that has got very lucky of late. Ged - A lover not a fighter.

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    Ged Steroo

    Saturday, November 10, 2012

  • A lover are you Ged? Which do you love more - your left hand or your right?

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    The Crab

    Saturday, November 10, 2012

  • A hat-trick. Ethered on all 3 boards attempted today. Ged seems to have no difficulty getting thro`......

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, November 11, 2012

  • Didn`t notice much in the way of an "onslaught" from either side! Very disappointing, unambitious performance from City. The attacking dept HAS to be freshened up, either by making our existing, if sparse, resources do the job or splash the cash in Jan. Buy an Austin. I hear there`s a good one in Burnley..... I wonder if Ged has a prehensile tail, Crab? Or feet, even?

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, November 11, 2012

  • Only three points will do and i expect our boys to show they can beat this team... also weve beaten arsenal so five goals is nothing we look strong at the back noe and Ruddy well hes aamazing

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    johnty

    Saturday, November 10, 2012

  • I'm going for 1-1. Also predicting an appearance for Surman down the left flank. Pilks hasn't quite been firing on all cylinders of late. Otbc.

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    Canary Wurst

    Saturday, November 10, 2012

  • "John Ruddy is likely to be pressed into more meaningful service than recent weeks." -- So he didn't have much to do against A***nal either then did he? Agreed he was almost redundant against The Stokers Arms, but those are the sort of games when it is easy to swirch off, when you have so little to do - yet he was totally competeant when called into action.

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    The Crab

    Saturday, November 10, 2012

  • Three points i feel confident we can show them we are the better side now stronger at the back fantastic keeper and I expect the rest of the team to outshine reading esp snod pilks and wes. Best is yet to come for this team

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    johnty

    Saturday, November 10, 2012

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