Reading vs Rotherham by Luke
Reading took a convincing and a bit surprising victory last Friday evening on the road, as the team overpowered in-form Aston Villa with a 1:3 result and took a precious victory in their battle for the play-off spot. Overall, it must be said that the players of Reading completely deserved the victory having created much more on the field.
They didn't have more of the ball possession, however the team used their chances perfectly well and were awarded for being so concrete in the final touches. They took the lead first in sixth minute via Mendes, but the players of Aston Villa leveled up the result in fourteenth minute already via Chester. They were even more concrete in the second halftime and sealed the victory a bit easier than what was expected, in 46th via Mendes again and via Grabban from penalty kick in 79th minute. The team is now at fourth position having just a point less than third placed Huddersfield and remains in a must win situation here.
Central defender Paul McShane is doubtful for this one, while injured remain midfielder Stephen Quinn (7/0) and forward Deniss Rakels (2/0) who anyway didn't play so much till now.
Rotherham, on the other side, is long time relegated and nobody can expect extraordinary performances from them, even though the side now plays with much more relaxed approach since they have nothing to lose. With four rounds till the end of regular season, the team now has eighteen points which is seventeen less than safely placed Burton and can only use these four matches in order to build up their squad for the next season.
The side comes from a 1:1 draw at home against Birmignham, a bit surprisingly taken point against a side that struggles in the relegation battle, but it must be said that the visiting side looked more concrete and took the lead in 73rd minute via Frei, but the hosts leveled up the result in 85th via Ward. This point taken came after ten consecutive defeats in a row and the team will be eager to continue with a bit more positive performances.
Goalkeeper Lewis Price (17/0) is unfit for this one and probably won't be risked, while injured remain central defender Kirk Broadfoot (3/0) and goalkeeper Lee Camp (18/0), so Richard O'Donnell should be between the posts.
Everything speaks in favor of Reading and I won't hesitate much to back them up here. There is plenty of more individual quality speaking in their favor and the side shouldn't have any problem overpowering already relegated and surely the weakest side in the league.