Reading v Norwich City: The Lowdown
PUBLISHED: 12:00 19 September 2018 | UPDATED: 13:11 19 September 2018
Can Norwich City make it two wins on the spin when they go to Reading? Get in the mood for tonight’s Championship clash with videos, quotes, team news and expected formations.
NORWICH TEAM NEWS
Onel Hernandez is set to miss a couple of weeks due to hernia surgery and fellow winger Ben Marshall (illness) is likely to miss tonight’s game at the Madejski Stadium.
Marco Stiepermann (hip) faces a fitness test ahead of the match and right-back Ivo Pinto (hamstring) is set to return ahead of Saturday’s trip to QPR.
Louis Thompson (hamstring) and Kenny McLean (ankle) are targeting returns before the end of the month but skipper Grant Hanley (quad) is out for at least a month.
Nelson Oliveira remains out of favour. Matt Jarvis (knee) and Carlton Morris (knee) are longer term absentees.
ROYALS TEAM NEWS
Former Colchester keeper Sam Walker is set to retain his place in goal after making his debut in place of the injured Vito Mannone during Saturday’s 3-2 win at Preston.
Midfielder David Meyler and defender Tyler Blackett are set to miss out with minor injuries but Iran international midfielder Saeid Ezatolahi is available after receiving his vias clearance in France, having recently signed from Russian side Rostov.
Speedy winger Mo Barrow is back after missing Saturday’s game due to his wife giving birth and Southampton loan winger Josh Sims is pushing for a start after making an impact from the bench at Deepdale.
FROM THE DUGOUT
“They had a brilliant last game, scoring three goals and a win at Preston, it’s not easy to win at Preston. We know it will be a difficult task for us but it is also good to have this result and this performance (City beating Boro 1-0) to be able to travel with lots of self-confidence.
“Perhaps the pressure is a bit more on the home team because they are still in the relegation places and I don’t think their first three home matches were like they hoped it to be.”
“Now we’ve got to keep it going. Every day we’re working on improving; there are 100 things in Saturday’s game (winning 3-2 at Preston) we need to do better on, just like there were 100 things we did really well.
“That’s all part of training a professional football team – there are always going to be things you’ve got to improve on. And that’s what we do day-to-day. I’ve got confidence in these players, we’ve been close in a lot of games this season.
“The game comes quickly but we always do our proper analysis of the next opponent, scout them, watch the games, video analysis – so we’ll be ready for them. We expect a difficult game against Norwich. But they should expect a difficult game as well.”
Norwich (4-2-3-1): Krul; Aarons, Zimmermann, Klose, Lewis; Tettey (C), Leitner; Buendia, Pukki, Stiepermann; Rhodes.
Reading (4-2-3-1): Walker; Gunter, Ilori, Moore (C), Yiadom; Bacuna, Kelly; Sims, Swift, Barrow; Baldock.
REFEREE – TIM ROBINSON
Took charge of City five times last season, handling the derby at Portman Road with little incident as Norwich won 1-0, but that was three weeks after a debatable red card for Marley Watkins during a 2-1 win at Reading. Most memorably took charge of a dramatic 4-3 loss at Hull in March though, giving four penalties as the host came back from 3-1 down.
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