Blackburn v Reading. Match review

By Angus Muller
Last updated : 20 October 2007

Skipper Ryan Nelsen could return following a hamstring problem.

Reading striker Shane Long is fit to play after a groin injury, while Ibrahima Sonko could make his first start since a knee injury in January.

But the Royals are without Bobby Convey (thigh), John Oster (ankle), Glen Little (Achilles) Kalifa Cisse (knee).


Blackburn (from): Friedel, Enckelman, Emerton, Nelsen, Samba, Ooijer, Warnock, Bentley, Dunn, Savage, Pedersen, Santa Cruz, McCarthy, Derbyshire, Tugay, Mokoena, Rigters, Khizanishvili, Olsson, Brown.

Reading (from): Hahnemann, Federici, Murty, Ingimarsson, Duberry, Sonko, Bikey, Shorey, Rosenior, Harper, Gunnarsson, Fae, Hunt, Doyle, Kitson, Lita, Long, de la Cruz, Halls, Golbourne.


  • Blackburn boss Mark Hughes:
    "If you create chances, you may be able to score goals against Reading, certainly on their travels.

    "We will make sure that we emphasise that point.

    "It would great if we could (go fourth). We've got points on the board, and we're very hopeful. We're there on merit. We've only been beaten once."

  • Reading defender Michael Duberry on former Chelsea team-mate, Blackburn boss Mark Hughes:
    "I look up to him. It's always good to see Sparky. He speaks sense and always has done.

    "He's a man of few words but when he spoke it made sense and made you think.

    "Some of the things he said when I was 21 still stick with me today and I use them in my footballing life. To me he was just Mark Hughes the legend."

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