Reading V Nottingham Forest - Opposition View

Last updated : 15 August 2003 By Rob Cooper
The Royals face Forest tomorrow at the Madejski Stadium in what Alan Pardew has described as 'one of the biggest of the season'. Here at Reading MAD we thought we would find out a little bit about the opposition. Our friends at
duly obliged by writing us this preview!

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We have lost several players in Scimeca, Brennan, Lester and Hjelde but nobody who can't be replaced. Big things are expected this year, especially of our Manchester United loan signing Michael Stewart who should to add some steel and finesse to the midfield. Apart from that we're pretty much the same as last season.

Therefore my man to watch would be Andy Reid. The little Irishman came into his own at the end of last season and should have been in the full Irish squad and not just the U21's. We haven't seen a flair player of his class in our midfield for some time at the City Ground. He should not only set-up a lot of goals this season, but also chip in with a fair few himself.

I think Forest will probably end up in the playoffs again, although don't rule automatic promotion out. The spirit in the squad is fantastic and our manager Paul Hart has the team playing great football. However, a few injuries or suspensions to key players could really dent our challenge as the squad is very thin.

Reading should give us a very tough game. The Royals have made some impressive signings to build on last seasons excellent campaign. It will be interesting to see our defence (which was a bit dodgy against Sunderland last week) handle Goater and Forster.

Prediction: Reading 1 Forest 1.


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