Morgan looks to make an impression
SECOND chances are there to be grabbed and Dean Morgan is ready to snatch his with both hands at Reading, writes Derek Davis.Although on-loan striker Lloyd Owusu from Sheffield Wednesday is likely to partner Shaun Goater up front, Morgan is hoping his goal for the reserves against Rushden & Diamonds in midweek with give manager Steve Coppell a nudge.
SECOND chances are there to be grabbed and Dean Morgan is ready to snatch his with both hands at Reading, writes Derek Davis.
Although on-loan striker Lloyd Owusu from Sheffield Wednesday is likely to partner Shaun Goater up front, Morgan is hoping his goal for the reserves against Rushden & Diamonds in midweek with give manager Steve Coppell a nudge.
Morgan was released by Colchetser United under a cloud earlier in the season but has impressed after an initial trial at the Madejski Stadium.
He said; "I'm grateful for another opportunity and I want to look forward. I'm working hard to make it work here.
"I didn't have a pre-season as such so I'm playing catch-up but if I can catch the manager's eye and play regularly I will soon be up there."
Morgan has made a couple of substitute appearances up front for Reading and almost snatched a last- minute winner at Preston in the FA Cup last Saturday.
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He said: "I had a good opportunity and if that had gone in it would have done wonders for my confidence and of course it would probably have won the game for Reading.
"I'm being used as a forward and that is fine. I would prefer to be wide on the left but I will happily play wherever the manager wants me to play just to be involved."
Morgan, a friend of Matt Bloomfield who recently left Ipswich for Wycombe Wanderers, will be on the bench alongside recent signing Dave Kitson from Cambridge United.
Kitson has recently recovered from a hamstring strain and will be hoping to make his debut at some point this afternoon.
There will be some relief for Ipswich Town that Nicky Forster has been ruled out with a stomach strain.
The subject of a £750,000 bid last month by Wigan boss Paul Jewell, Forster has been a bane for Town. He hit a hat-trick against them at the Madejski last season and scored in the 3-1 loss at Portman Road.
Midfielder Andy Hughes is another injury doubt so it looks as if Adam Murray will keep his place in midfield.
Ivar Ingirmarsson is also doubtful with Adie Williams staying as cover in central defence alongside Steve Brown.