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McDermott: In need of a win

McDermott: In need of a win

Struggling Reading will hope to use their FA Cup third round tie with Crawley as a platform to turn their woeful season around.

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The Royals have spent their entire 2012/13 campaign in the relegation zone and are currently second from bottom, tied on points with basement-side Queens Park Rangers.

Brian McDermott's charges travel to the League One side on Saturday in search of only their second away win, that result coming against fellow strugglers Rangers in September.

McDermott is, however, expected to make some changes for the trip to Broadfield Stadium, from the side that lost 3-1 to Tottenham in their last clash, and continue an FA Cup record that has seen him secure two successive quarter-final appearances with the Royals in the past.

Injured Mikele Leigertwood is struggling to make the tie while this match comes too soon for Jason Roberts, who only returned to training on Thursday, and Nicky Shorey is sidelined with a virus.

McDermott told the club's official site: "Ledge has got a knock, Danny Guthrie hadn't played too many games and now has played three on the spin.So we'll have to look at everybody.

"Pavel's (Pogrebnyak) been playing that lone role up front and has worked so hard for the group. There's a possibility we might make changes but it's a game we want to win.

"Karl (Halabi) will look after him today and then he'll train tomorrow fully with the squad for the first time. And then we'll have a look next week."

It is also unlikely their latest signing Daniel Carrico will feature with the former Sporting Lisbon captain having only just met up with his Reading teammates.

Crawley on the other hand, who are sitting eighth in the League One standings, have thoroughly enjoyed this competition in their recent past, claiming the scalps of some notable big-name teams, while they famously made it to the fifth round in 2011, eventually losing to Manchester United.

Reds manager Richie Barker is looking forward to once again testing his side against Premier League opposition having come close to overturning Swansea in the Capital One Cup earlier in the season.

He must, however, make do without Kyle McFadzean (virus) and Claude Davis (knee).

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Posted: 04/01/13 11:51

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