Date:Friday October 24 2008
Nik once again gives his assessment of Rangers latest opponents.
Tomorrow afternoon, Gareth Ainsworth`s QPR will make the short trip to Reading in what will surely prove to be a baptism of fire for Rangers` caretaker boss.
'The Royals` as they are nicknamed, were formed in 1871 and currently ply their trade at the still fairly new Madejski Stadium, which accommodates over 24000 supporters.
Manager Steve Coppell has been at the club since October 2003, and has worked wonders at the Berkshire club since taking over from Alan Pardew. Reading finished 9th in his first season at the club, before narrowly missing out on the play-offs in the 04-05 season, eventually finishing 7th. However, under the guidance of Coppell, the Royals marched to the Championship title season one year later, racking up a massive 106 points, whilst scoring 99 goals in the process.
Reading acclimatised well to life in the Premiership, finishing 8th. However, last season did not go so well for Reading as they were relegated on goal difference on the last day of the season, despite winning at Derby.
Looking at the Reading squad, it comes as no surprise that the club who list Kate Winslet and Chris Tarrant as celebrity fans, find themselves doing so well in the Championship this season. The club have managed to hold on to most of their prized assets, including James Harper, Kevin Doyle and Stephen Hunt. Reading still have many players at the club who helped the side to promotion just a couple of years ago. Noel Hunt, brother of Stephen, was added to the squad this summer, and looks to be a real player for the future.
Reading currently find themselves 3rd in the Championship, and have a 100% home record, scoring 21 goals from just 6 games as they look to make the Madejski a fortress. They are hot-favourites to return to the top flight come May, and Rangers` will have to be at their best to take anything from the game tomorrow.
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