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Preview: Reading (A)

31 October 2017

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Nottingham Forest travel south for their second away game in four days as they take on Reading at the Madejski Stadium (kick-off 8pm).

The Reds picked up a brilliant three points with the 3-2 win against Hull City on Saturday and travel to Berkshire to face Jaap Stam's Royals.

Reading have had a tough start to the season after last year's play-off final defeat and come into the game in 20th position in the Championship.

Check out the pre-match views from the Forest camp below.

Team news

Daryl Murphy and Armand Traore could both return to the side having missed the win at Hull on Saturday. The duo picked up minor injuries against Burton Albion but could be recalled.

Danny Fox, Jack Hobbs and Chris Cohen remain on the sidelines.

From the opposition

Reading boss Jaap Stam is hoping to put things right on Tuesday night after Saturday's home defeat against Middlesbrough.

Speaking to Reading's official website, he said: "Everybody wants to put Saturday right, but the thing is we need to do certain things better in the game to create more opportunities, to score goals and win games.

"We're working hard, we're trying to do that and keep the mistakes to a minimum.

"In previous games we've played this season, there have been certain decisions from us that have cost us games, and that's what happened against Middlesbrough."

He added: "It's good to have three games in a week because you want to do well.

"You want to win your games, with a defeat like Middlesbrough, you want to come back from that. It's not the easiest way of coming back from it, but that's how it is, with a lot of games in a short period.

"With the first one, Forest at home, we need to be there again and give everything we can again, and hopefully get the three points."

One to watch - Liam Kelly

Diminutive midfielder Liam Kelly's high-energy style is sure to keep Reading ticking over on Tuesday night against Forest.

The 21-year-old came through the ranks at the Madejski Stadium and burst onto the scene last season for The Royals as they reached the play-off final.

He has been a regular this season again, scoring four goals in the process, and Jaap Stam will need the Irishman to be on the top of his game against The Reds.

Last visit


Tickets are no longer available from the Nottingham Forest ticket office but supporters can pay on arrival at the Madejski Stadium.

Reds fans can buy tickets from the South Stand ticket office, which is located between Gates 9 and 10 and will be open from 6.30pm.

Full details can be found here.


The match will be shown live on iFollow Forest for international subscribers, with live audio commentary also available.

There will also be coverage via the club's official social media channels and in the Match Centre.

Other fixtures

All fixtures to be played at 7.45pm on Tuesday unless otherwise stated:

Burton v Barnsley
Cardiff v Ipswich
Fulham v Bristol City
Hull v Middlesbrough
Leeds v Derby
Norwich v Wolves
QPR v Sheffield United
Sheffield Wednesday v Millwall
Sunderland v Bolton
Birmingham v Brentford (Wednesday)
Preston v Aston Villa (Wednesday)

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