Date: 5th April 2016 at 1:01pm
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Nottingham Forest, who are still looking for their first win under caretaker boss Paul Williams, travel to take on Brian McDermott’s Reading this evening.

Vital Quotes:

Andy Reid assumed press duties, as he gave his pre-match thoughts to the club’s official site:

“Brentford has gone now – we`ve put that to bed. We`ve been through what we`ve needed to go through to try and rectify it. We move on and we want the response.

We`ve prepared properly, there will be changes to the line up, some enforced & some tactical. We`ve asked the players if there is anything we can do to help them, and they seem to have all the tools to be ready to go.

We`ve put responsibility back in their hands and it`s up to them to come up with a performance tomorrow night.”


Let’s hope so Andy!

Reading FC Team News:

Michael Hector and Hal Robson-Kanu are both doubts after they missed the game against Bolton.

Simon Cox, Chris Gunter & Garath McCleary will all be hoping to feature against their former club.

Player to watch: Matej Vydra

The 23 year Czech striker tends to enjoy playing against Forest, certainly when he featured for Watford.

He is top scorer for the Royals with 8 so far this season, and will fancy adding to that tally against a Forest defence that has conceded 8 in their last 4 games.

Nottingham Forest Team News:

Eric Lichaj serves a 1 match ban for his thoughtless weekend sending off.

Jack Hobbs has been added to those who will miss the remainder of the season, as he faces back surgery. Those include Daniel Pinillos, Nelson Oliveira, Matty Fryatt & Andy Reid.

Michael Mancienne could join them, as he awaits the results of a knee scan and Jamie Ward is also doubtful after picking up a knock on international duty.

Britt Assommbalonga is edging closer to fitness, but is unlikely to be risked after a 60 minute run out for the U21’s on Monday.

Paul Williams will have to change his side, the difficulty will be deciding who actually deserves a shirt after the weekend debacle.

Player to watch: Matt Mills

Can the curse of an ex-player work in Forest’s favour for once? Mills is captain and top scorer for those that are actually fit to play.

He will no doubt have a busy Berkshire evening in a defensive capacity, but he needs to lead from the front and help to tighten up Forest’s leaky defence.

Match Facts & Stats

Excluding the FA Cup defeat, Reading last lost at home in December and will be hoping to extend that after returning to winning ways away at Bolton, after 4 games without a win.

Ref Watch:

Dean Whitestone is tonight’s referee, his 34th game in charge this season (none involving Forest). The previous 33 have yielded 107 yellows and 3 red cards.

Alan Young and Matthew Buonassisi will assist Mr Whitestone, with Tim Robinson as 4th official.

Match Prediction:

Reading are understandably firm favourites for the win against a Forest side once again ravaged by injury and with almost no goal threat!

I would happily take a 0-0 draw now, to help to ease the spectre of relegation, but think the home side will win comfortably.

Next Fixtures:

Forest are next in action on Monday 11th April, with a 7-45pm televised game at home against high flying Brighton.

 
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