Doncaster Rovers: Patched-up Reading desperate for the win

Nigel Adkins.
Nigel Adkins.

Reading are the walking wounded as they make their way to the Keepmoat.

Boss Nigel Adkins is hoping a clutch of his first choice players will hold together long enough to secure the final play-off slot and from there, a place in the top flight.

Garath McCleary, Danny Williams, Jobi McAnuff and Pavel Pogrebnyak are all likely to face Rovers this weekend, despite carrying knocks which would have likely seen them spend time on the sidelines had the pressure not been squarely on.

The Championship’s sixth spot has been labelled as the place that no club wants with all the contenders for the final off place failing to make a convincing claim.

But with two games to go, finishing sixth now rests squarely in Reading’s hands. Win their final two games and they will be in the play-offs.

Just a week ago, it appeared their chances were on the wane after a disappointing defeat at Wigan.

But the Royals responded in the perfect fashion with a 2-0 win over Middlesbrough at the Madejski Stadium, ending a near three-month hunt for a home win.

That result has reportedly buoyed Reading, giving them new belief for their remaining games.

They are being primed for an expected tough battle against Rovers tomorrow with the Royals fully aware of what their hosts still have left to do themselves.

From there they welcome already promoted Burnley on the final day.

Danny Guthrie is set to miss the trip to the Keepmoat after lasting 50 minutes against Middlesbrough on his return from injury.

Hal Robson-Kanu was left with his face bloodied during the game after coming off worse in a challenge and was substituted after 27 minutes. He will be monitored before the clash with Rovers.