Reading showed very little in their last encounter on the road to Barnsley, but it was still enough for them to take a point in a 1:1 draw.
Both sides approached this clash a bit reserved, creating a minimal number of opportunities worth mentioning. Nevertheless, the guests managed to take the lead in the 34th minute over Ejaria, but only to concede later on in the 61st from the penalty. All in all, a fair result for both teams, that were quite passive during the whole encounter.
Reading occupies the 6th spot in the overall standings, closely followed by Bournemouth which is only one point in deficit, and slowly but surely, the play-off race is beginning to heat up.
The hosts will miss right-back Araruna (2/0), central-backs Morrison (35/4), McIntyre (26/2) and midfielder Swift (9/1) due to injuries.
On the contrary, Derby appeared confident in their last clash when they were able to record a 2:0 victory over Luton, back at their home.
The hosts took an early lead already in the 7th minute over Gregory and were slightly better during the first part. In the continuation, they managed to double it from the penalty executed by Shinnie in the 49th minute and opted for a more defensive approach, which gave the result, as they kept their sheet clean without too many problems.
Derby holds 19th place on the table, currently being eight points in advantage compared to the relegation positioned Rotheram, but also have four matches more.
They miss injured central back Davies (12/0), defensive midfielder Bielik (13/2), and offensive Waghorn (28/3).
Time to break the winless streak
Reading has four consecutive matches without a victory, and it is about time for them to take things more seriously. For the opponent, they have a squad that showed very little this season, and if they want to stay in the playoff race, this match is a must-win for them. Surely, they possess the quality to be victorious against Derby, and if not now, I simply don’t know when, as they are really in danger of losing that sixth position.