Ipswich Town looking to improve on their poor record at Reading this evening

Nick Forster scores against Ipswich in 2002

Nick Forster scores against Ipswich in 2002 - Credit: Archant

It’s fair to say Ipswich Town don’t have the best record at the Madejski Stadium.

Since the Royals moved to their current home from Elm Park in 1998, the Blues have taken just six points from a possible 30, including just one win which came in March 2009 when Jon Stead found the net to secure all three points.

But that’s as good as it’s got for the Blues, who have lost their last four games in Berkshire by a single goal, scoring just once themselves in that time.

The tone was set on Ipswich’s first visit in October 2002, when caretaker Tony Mowbray took a side including the likes of Darren Bent, Matt Holland, Hermann Hreidarsson and Finidi George to the Madejski, at the start of a revival which saw the Blues flirt with the play-offs despite a poor start to the season.

However, a player Joe Royle would ultimately bring to Portman Road, Nicky Forster, ensured it was a miserable afternoon as he fired in well-taken hat-trick, including an audacious long-range effort from out wide which skipped past Andy Marshall in the Blues goal.

Darren Ambrose fired home to give the visitors hope but, when Pablo Counago was sent off minutes later, the game was up.

Since then the likes of Simon Church, Alex Pearce, Danny Guthrie and Jake Taylor have all scored winning goals to deny the Blues, but will Mick McCarthy’s set the record straight tonight?

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