A look at this weekend’s clash as Town face Reading at Portman Road
Current standings: Blues are ninth after two wins in their last three and sit four points behind Sheffield United in sixth. Jaap Stam’s Reading lie 14th, 10 points adrift of the Play-Off places but are unbeaten in their last five league games.
Town – 7/15 points.
Sheff Wed (H) D 2-2
Aston Villa (A) L 2-0
Derby (A) W 1-0
Forest (H) W 4-2
Middlesbrough (A) L 2-0
Reading – 9/15 points.
Bolton (A) D 2-2
Sheff Wed (H) D 0-0
Barnsley (H) W 3-0
Sunderland (A) W 3-1
Cardiff (H) D 2-2
Last time we met: Town 2-2 Reading 04.02.17
Reading twice came from behind as the spoils were shared at Portman Road in February.
Tom Lawrence put Town ahead with a superb goal just before half-time, the Welshman picking the ball up and driving at the Royals defence before smashing in off the underside of the crossbar.
The visitors then levelled after the restart as Jordan Mutch found the net on his Reading debut with a cool finish from inside the penalty area.
David McGoldrick put Lawrence through with a fantastic pass and the on-loan midfielder held his nerves to notch his and Blues’ second in the 61st minute. But with 12 minutes remaining Jordan Obita’s 25-yard half-volley beat Bartosz Bialkowski and forced Town to settle for a point.
Previous meetings at Portman Road:
04.02.17 Town 2-2 Reading
02.02.16 Town 2-1 Reading
21.02.15 Town 0-1 Reading
25.01.14 Town 2-0 Reading
26.11.11 Town 2-3 Reading
One to watch: Modou Barrow
With six league goals Modou Barrow is Royals’ top scorer this season. The Gambia international has three goals in his last two games including a brace against Sunderland and has also chipped in with two assists this campaign.
Could be the difference: Town down the right.
Forty six per cent of Blues’ attacks this season have been in the right third of the pitch (24 per cent middle and 30 per cent left). With top scorer Martyn Waghorn often lining up on that side, and three goals added between Jordan Spence and Dominic Iorfa, it’s no surprise the right has proved to be a constant threat for Town this term.
Referee: Peter Bankes
Assistants: Daniel Leach and Geoffrey Russell
Fourth official: Ian Cooper