Match Preview: Reading v Blades

Last updated : 27 February 2004 By @blades_mad1889

This game as yet is currently not under threat due to the bad weather conditions, so far only the game between Crewe Alexandra and Stoke City faces the possibility of postponement in Division One.

Lloyd Owusu: Sheffield Wednesday striker is currently on loan to Royals and will play against Blades.
The Blades last game was on Tuesday night when United beat Crewe Alexandra 1-0 at Gresty Road. The victory wasn't without neutral interest though, it started as Mike Whitlow received a red card within 28 minutes after he tripped up Craig Hignett.

The Alex was awarded a penalty in the second half, Phil Jagielka the culprit for handed the spot-kick to Dean Ashton who's Chris Waddle style penalty floated over the bar, the Blades waved attack after attack and finally got the winning goal four minutes from time with a Nick Montgomery header.

New signing Sasa Ilic could start on the bench though considering Neil Warnock's track record a keeper on the bench will be highly unlikely. Dean Sturridge (ankle and knee) is defiantly out while Ashley Ward is likely to start upfront with Paul Peschisolido who returns from a midweek rest.

Other new signing Andy Gray (Bradford City) is the likely of the two to make his Sheffield United debut, the Midfielder/Striker could take the place on the centre-midfield role or sit behind the two strikers in a 4-3-3 formation.

The Royals last game was on Tuesday in Division One, they drew with Burnley 2-2 at the Madejski Stadium. A bad pass back to the keeper by the Clarets defence allowed Lloyd Owusu to swoop behind and slot the ball home into an empty net for 1-0.

Stan Ternant's men clawed the game back to 1-1 through Ian Moore who shot past Marcus Hahnemann before taking the lead when David May headed in, the Royals had to wait until 90th minute when James Harper equalised.

New loan signing Paul Brooker could make his Royals debut though is considered to only make the bench, Adie Williams who scored the Royals first of two goals in a 2-1 win earlier this season at Bramall Lane returns to the heart of the defence.

Defender Steve Brown, former Rotherham United Midfielder Kevin Watson and striker Nicky Forster who scored the second in that 2-1 win are all injured.

Possible Starting Line-Up


Saturday 28 February 2004
Nationwide League Division One
at Madejski Stadium
Kick-Off: 3pm
Marcus Hahnemann1Paddy Kenny
Graeme Murty2Robert Kozluk
Nick Shorey3Robert Page
Andy Hughes4Phil Jagielka
Ivar Ingimarsson5Alan Wright
Ricky Newman6Peter Ndlovu
Richard Sidwell7Stuart McCall
James Harper8Michael Tonge
Shaun Goater9Paul Shaw
Lloyd Owusu10Paul Peschisolido
John Salako11Ashley Ward

Football League Record v Royals


Bramall Lane126422211
Madejski Stadium114071112

Division One Fixtures: Coventry City v Derby County, Crewe Alexandrav Stoke City, Crystal Palace v Gillingham, Ipswich Town v Preston North End, Millwall v Burnley, Nottingham Forest v Bradford City, Reading v Sheffield United, Sunderland v Norwich City, Watford v Wimbledon, West Bromwich Albion v Rotherham United, West Ham United v Cardiff City, Wigan Athletic v Walsall.