READING v WEST BROMWICH ALBION
Barclays Premier League
Saturday 12th January
The game is
Albion’s 250th in Premier League action.
So far they have won 62,
drawn 63 and lost 124.
Albion last won at Reading in
the league 18 years ago, in January 1995.
Only Aston Villa (41) have conceded more goals in the Premier
League this season than
Albion's 33 points after 21
matches is at least 11 higher than any of their six previous seasons in the
Reading have won only one and
lost eight of their past 10 Premier League matches.
Albion have won the last two games they have played on January 12, 3-1 away at
Hull City in 2008 and 3-2 at home to Luton Town in 2007.
Albion's last six games: QPR (A,
FAC) 1-1; Fulham (H) 1-2; Manchester United (A) 0-2; QPR (A) 2-1; Norwich City
(H) 2-1; West Ham United (H) 0-0
Reading's last six games: Crawley Town (A, FAC)
3-1; Tottenham Hotspur (A) 1-3; West Ham United (H) 1-0; Swansea City (H) 0-0;
Manchester City (A) 0-1; Arsenal (H) 2-5
Albion will be without
midfielder Zoltan Gera, who is out for the rest of the season with the cruciate
ligament injury he suffered during last week’s draw at QPR.
Also missing is Youssouf
Mulumbu who is away at the Africa Cup of Nations with DR Congo.
Jonas Olsson, Steven Reid, Goran Popov and Claudio Yacob are
all doubts although Baggies' boss Steve Clarke is hopeful they will all be fully
fit within the next week or so.
Foster, Myhill, Daniels,
Jones, Reid, Olsson, McAuley, Tamas, Dawson, Popov, Ridgewell, Yacob, Dorrans,
Thorne, Brunt, Morrison, Thomas, Odemwingie, Fortune, Long, Lukaku, Rosenberg,
New signings Daniel Carrico and Hope Akpan are both in
contention to make their
debuts but Stephen Kelly was not signed in time.
Albion striker Jason Roberts is still out with a hip problem while
Hal Robson-Kanu and Mikele Leigertwood are both doubts.
Federici, Ugwu, Taylor,
Gunter, Cummings, Pearce, Morrison, Mariappa, Shorey, Harte, McAnuff, Carrico,
Akpan, Tabb, Karacan, Kebe, McCleary, Robson-Kanu, Leigertwood, Le Fondre, Hunt,
Albion head coach Steve Clarke:
“It’s a difficult place to go and whenever you go down to the
Madejski it’s always difficult to get anything. We look forward to it because we
are full of confidence and we’ll be looking to play some good football. We
respect the fact that
Reading are down there fighting for their lives and we know we have to match
them for effort.
“Brian’s a good man and he’s done all the hard hours and he’s
done a fantastic job. They’re making a good fight of it in the Premier League.
Whenever you go up against
Reading or one of Brian’s teams
you know they’re going to be hardworking and industrious and we know we have to
go there and match that work rate. We then have to try and find that bit of
quality to win the game for us."
“They were involved in a lot of really open, exciting games
but were always on the wrong end of the scoreline. I think Brian and his staff
have looked at that and assessed it and they’ve really tightened up over the
last few weeks. The way they play now is slightly different to how they
approached games earlier in the season. They are showing signs of getting to
grips with it. It will still be difficult for them but I’m sure in the second
half of the season they’ll give it their best shot.”
Reading boss Brian McDermott:
"They are up there, the manager there Steve Clarke has done a
fantastic job. He’s been around successful clubs as a player and a staff member
and he was at Liverpool as well last season. He’s done a terrific job, they've got one of our
ex-players there who was fantastic for us and I’m sure he’ll get a terrific
"We know what we’re coming up against, we lost to them
earlier on this season. Anyone who comes here will have a fight on their hands
and we’ll certainly be giving them that.
"They are the type of club we would look at and try and
emulate, they've really been solid in the last couple of years. Steve Clarke’s
carried on, done really well and done a good job. It’s a good club
Albion Win: 7/5, Reading Win: 15/8, Draw:
Long 11/2, Pogrebnyak 6/1, Lukaku 6/1, Le Fondre 13/2, Hunt 7/1, Odemwingie 7/1,
Rosenberg 8/1, Fortune 9/1, Robson-Kanu 10/1, Kebe 11/1, McAnuff 14/1, McCleary
14/1, Dorrans 14/1, El Ghanassy 14/1, J Morrison 14/1, Guthrie 16/1, Brunt 16/1,
Thorne 16/1, Harte 18/1, Liegertwood 20/1, S Morrison 20/1, Tabb 20/1.
Kevin Friend (Leicestershire) - Has refereed
one Albion game this season - the 1-0 defeat at home to Stoke City at the start
of December. Friend took charge of two Albion games last season - the 4-0 defeat
at Manchester City in April and the 2-2 draw at Bolton in May. The
Leicestershire official was also in charge of Reading's remarkable game at home
to Arsenal in the Carling Cup earlier this season which the Gunners won 7-5.
Albion's allocation of 2,200 tickets have
completely sold out.
A 40% chance of rain or snow showers, 3°C
The first ever meeting of Albion and Reading came at Elm Park
in November 1901 in a friendly game that ended in a 1-1 draw, 'Chippy' Simmons the
The first league meetings between the two sides took place in
the Second Division during the 1927/28 season. The first game, in September at
Elm Park, ended in a 4-1 victory for Albion, Jimmy Cookson, Arthur Fitton, Tommy
Glidden and Charlie Wilson the visitors' scorers. The return game at The
Hawthorns in January saw another eight goals scored, the game finishing 5-3 to
Albion. The aforementioned Cookson scored four of the goals and would go on to
become a regular thorn in the side of Reading over the following years, scoring 12 goals
in all games against them.
Albion's biggest victory over the Royals is 5-0, achieved in March 1929 at The
Hawthorns. Cookson (2), Fitton, Jimmy Edwards and Glidden scoring the Baggies'
Reading's best result against
Albion, a 6-3 victory, came in a Football League South game at
Elm Park in May 1941.
Albion have failed to win on their last eight visits
to Reading, losing five games and drawing three. The Baggies' last win on
Reading soil came in January 1995 when goals from Andy Hunt and Kevin
Donovan helped Alan Buckley's men to a 2-0 victory.
Romelu Lukaku scored
the only goal of the game back in September at The Hawthorns to give
Albion a 1-0 win in the first ever Premier League meeting of the two
MEETING AT THE MADEJSKI STADIUM
Reading 1-0 Albion
FA Cup 3rd Round
Saturday 8th January 2011, 3.00pm
Federici, Cummings, Matt Mills, Pearce, Harte,
Kebe,Leigertwood, Karacan, McAnuff, Long (Church 75), Hunt (Robson-Kanu 85).
Subs not used: McCarthy, Tabb, Ingimarsson, Antonio, Howard.
Goalscorer: Long 40
Myhill, Hurst, Zuiverloon, Scharner (Olsson 46),Cech, Jara,
Dorrans, Barnes (Thomas 63), Brunt, Morrison,Miller (Bednar 52). Subs not
used: Carson, Cox, Shorey, Fortune.
Olsson 47 (foul), Dorrans 62 (dissent)
Olsson 60 (second bookable offence)
Referee: Jon Moss (West Yorkshire)
Reading striker Shane Long
continued his marvellous recent form as Roberto Di Matteo's love affair with the
FA Cup took an unwanted turn. The former Chelsea midfielder twice scored in FA
Cup wins at Wembley for the Blues but could not find the inspiration to prevent
his West Brom side from slipping to a sixth straight defeat.
Long made it seven goals in six games with a cool finish
before half-time while Albion substitute Jonas Olsson was booked twice within 15
minutes of coming on at the break to add to the Barclays Premier League side's
woes. Albion are already shorn of suspended centre-half Gabriel Tamas and Di
Matteo must surely be weighing up a move for more defenders this month after the
deficiencies which were evident in defeat at Fulham on Tuesday shone through
Even a change of goalkeeper could not save
Albion. Boaz Myhill was handed a
rare start after Scott Carson's costly blunder at Craven Cottage in midweek and
was greeted with chants of "Albion's number one" from the visiting supporters after a stunning
early save to deny Noel Hunt. But the problems at the back were again ruthlessly
exposed in the npower Championship side's devastatingly simple strike four
minutes before the break. Noel Hunt won a flick-on and Long was able to cruise
past stand-in centre-half Gianni Zuiverloon and steer beyond Myhill.
Zuiverloon has spent most of the season on loan at fellow
Championship side Ipswich and while he is an able full-back looks lost in the middle, while
Olsson's cameo was disastrous. Albion's attacking play did at least threaten
occasionally, with Ishmael Miller twice going close on his first start of the
season and James Morrison hitting the top of the crossbar, but there can be no
doubt that Reading deserved their win.
Boss Brian McDermott led his side to Cup wins over
Liverpool and Burnley last
season and comfortably added another top-flight scalp. Long has been linked with
a move to West Ham in the transfer window and excelled, his movement too sharp
for the visitors all afternoon as he added to his goal by being the recipient of
both challenges which saw Olsson dismissed. Olsson scythed through Long less
than two minutes after coming on at the interval, and then saw red in the 60th
minute after more bright play from Long.
A bad touch from the Swede was seized upon by Long and after
the Republic of
international nicked the ball away he was caught by Olsson's attempted
challenge. Referee Jon Moss had no option but to show a second yellow and leave
Di Matteo with yet more problems at the back.
A poor last half hour followed with neither side creating
much in front of goal as the Royals saw out a good day's work. Di Matteo's
thoughts will now turn to next weekend's home fixture with
Blackpool and a chance to pick
up the first league points since December 5.
For McDermott and
Reading, round four awaits and
the Royals showed enough to suggest that they have what it takes to mount a
serious promotion challenge.
Republic of Ireland international striker Shane Long moved from Reading
to The Hawthorns in August 2011 for a fee rumoured to be in the region of
£4.5million, rising to a possible £6.5million. Long started his career at Cork
City before joining Reading in June 2005. He became a popular figure at the
Madejski Stadium, scoring almost 50 goals in his six years at the club.
Following his move to the West Midlands Long made a successful start to his
Albion career, scoring on his debut against Manchester United and then in his
second game for the club at Chelsea.
Jason Roberts had a very successful three years at The Hawthorns after
joining the club from Bristol Rovers in July 2000. His goals helped the club
reach the play-offs in 2000/01 and then achieve promotion in 2001/02. The
player joined Portsmouth on loan at the start of the 2003/04 season before
joining Wigan Athletic permanently in January 2004. In January of this year
Roberts moved to Reading on an 18 month contract.
Former England left-back Nicky Shorey joined
Albion from local rivals Aston Villa in August 2010. He spent two years at The
Hawthorns but was never really a popular figure amongst fans, mainly due to
making a number of mistakes which led to goals. Shorey rejoined Reading after
his release from Albion, after already spending a successful seven years at the
club from 2001 to 2008.
Young defender Donervon Daniels spent time
in the youth system at Reading before joining Albion's academy.
Right-back Shaun Cummings played four games
for Albion whilst on loan from Chelsea in August 2009. He signed for Reading
permanently the following month.
players to have turned out at various levels for both clubs are: Paul
Barron, John Chadburn, Neil Clement, Simon Cox, Percy Freeman, George
James, Harry Kinsell, Graham Potter, Brian Quailey, Sam Sodje, and Phil
Jack Smith managed both
clubs whilst former Albion boss Ray Harford spent a short spell
coaching at Reading. John Gorman held the role of assistant manager
at both clubs.
ALL-TIME LEAGUE & CUP RECORD VS READING
TEN MATCHES AGAINST READING
Sat 22 Sep 2012
Sat 08 Jan 2011
Sat 27 Mar 2010
Tamas - Sigurdsson
Wed 24 Feb 2010
Koren 2 - Kebe, Howard, Sigurdsson
Sat 13 Feb 2010
Koren, Mattock - Kebe, Church
Sat 17 Oct 2009
Thomas 2, Mulumbu - Mills
Tue 17 Jan 2006
Chaplow 2 - Lita 3
Sat 07 Jan 2006
Gera (pen) - Doyle (pen)
Sat 01 May 2004
League Division 1
Sat 22 Nov 2003
League Division 1