Match Preview: Northampton Town v Reading

Northampton Town v Reading

The Cobblers’ much needed win at Exeter City gives us something to build on as troubled Reading come to Sixfields on Tuesday night. The game brings up ten games for the season and the usual marker of how we’re doing so maximum points again would make things look rosy after those three straight defeats in a row.
 
The main take away so far is that the Cobblers have been in most games and only really failed to turn up once (at Port Vale) so we should be very encouraged as to where we’re at either way. Reading will bring a whole host of problems with them but that doesn’t mean that they will turn up and roll over. We know from our own experience how unified a group of players can become when off the field antics threaten their futures and the Royals will be desperate to escape the clutches of the bottom four they’ve been dragged into thanks to points deductions. 
 
Jon Brady will focus his players’ minds on their own task and if we are to come out with a win again we can be satisfied in the points tally as well as the performances as we head into the next phase of the season. 

 

The Opposition

The talking point throughout the summer and the early part of the season for Reading fans is owner Dai Yongge, who has overseen a disastrous relegation from the Championship. Faith in him is at an all time low due to mismanagement and charges from the Football League. That’s extended into this season with four points already deducted because of wages not being paid on time. 
 
Yongge has said that he’s open to sell but Royals fans have protested against him for the last two games with tennis balls being thrown on the pitch in the sixteenth minute of both. Until the ownership changes, you get the feeling that this will rumble on.
 
On the pitch, Reading started with back to back defeats but did start to claw their way out of trouble with victories over Cheltenham and Stevenage at the Madejski Stadium. Things have been inconsistent after that, though, with defeats on the road at Exeter and Cambridge and another home win over Bolton. They’re yet to win on the road and come to Sixfields looking for their first point away from home this season. 

 

Last Time Out

The Cobblers picked up an excellent 2-0 away win at Exeter on Saturday while Reading drew 0-0 at home with Burton Albion.

One To Watch

If Reading are going to get out of trouble, they’ll be reliant on top scorer Kelvin Ehibhatiomhan who is up to five goals already this season.

Nigerian Ehibhatiomhan came through the academy at the Madejski Stadium and made his full debut in an EFL Cup defeat to Swansea City in August 2021. He played nine times last season, scoring twice, before making a first team place his own this time around.

 

Team News

The Cobblers have eased Ben Fox back over the past week and he seems to be starting to put his injury worries behind him. Jack Sowerby could be back involved on Tuesday night and Ali Koiki is closing in on a return. Will Hondermarck is another who is close but Tyler Magloire and Danny Hylton remain absent.

Striker Sam Smith is still out for Reading and is yet to make an appearance for the club since returning in the summer. Mamadi Camara is another one who has been struggling and Tuesday night may come too soon for him to be involved. Boss Rubén Sellés will check on the fitness of Tom McIntyre, who was forced off with a head injury at the weekend. 

Line-Up Prediction

Match Officials

Matt Corlett is in charge on Tuesday night and is new to the Football League this season. Stephen Finch and Stephen Brown are running the lines and Kevin Howick is fourth official.

Prediction

The Cobblers need to add something to back up Saturday’s big win at Exeter but Reading could be a tougher prospect than we might think. I’ll go for a 1-1 under the lights.

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