Reading ready for the Town test
ROYALS skipper Adie Williams is may have his head in the clouds, but he is ensuring he and his team-mates keep their feet on the floor.
ROYALS skipper Adie Williams is may have his head in the clouds, but he is ensuring he and his team-mates keep their feet on the floor, writes Derek Davis.
Reading are in their highest ever league position in their 133-year history, unless you count the opening day of the season when they were top after a win at Brighton.
Naturally they are cock-a-hoop, but to stay where they are Reading have to hold off Ipswich at Portman Road, where the Blues have not dropped a point all season.
Williams said: “Alex Ferguson said something like you should enjoy it when you do something, and we will, but it is up to us to now stay there.
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“Going to Ipswich will bring us back down to earth with a bump. We know how quickly things in football can change so we will go there expecting a very tough game.”
Royals boss Steve Coppell is taking nothing for granted and warned his players to expect an onslaught.
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He said: “I don't suppose they will close the league now so it doesn't make a great deal of difference that we are top at the moment.
“After going two down and losing a man, to come back and beat Plymouth they way they did Ipswich must be feeling as high as a kite, so it will be a real rest for us.
“They have a large number of skilful players and score a lot of goals.
“They may concede a lot of goals but Joe (Royle) will not be concerned about that as he knows they will always score goals.”
Reading are likely to be unchanged from Saturday meaning Nicky Forster and Dave Kitson, with 10 goals between them, will lead the attack.
Once again out-of-favour Shaun Goater is left on the bench and could well become a target for any club, including Ipswich, looking for a loan striker, although his £8,000-a-week salary could pose a problem.
Glen Little continues his fightback from a hamstring injury, although it is unlikely he will be included.