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PREVIEW: READING (H)

26 August 2014

The Football League will take a break in midweek, with the second round of the Capital One Cup taking place.

Reading will visit Glanford Park after the Iron beat the Royals’ fellow Sky Bet Championship side Blackburn 1-0 at Ewood Park.

Sam Slocombe is a definite absence for the match, after scans revealed a chip in his shoulder and he joins James Severn on the sidelines for around six to eight weeks, Russ Wilcox confirmed.

Bobby Olejnik will deputise in their absence after Peterborough granted the Austrian permission to play in the second round clash, while Burnley haven’t allowed Luke O’Neill to take part.

Billy Kee is cup-tied after playing with Burton in round one, so he will miss out and Deon Burton is “touch and go” after taking a knock to his knee last Tuesday against Fleetwood Town.

Long-term absences David Mirfin and Dave Syers will be absent.

After former player Graham Alexander brought his Fleetwood side to North Lincolnshire seven days ago, there will be another familiar face in the away dugout this time around.

Nigel Adkins will need no introduction to most Iron fans.

Former Claret and Blue player Andy Crosby is Adkins’ assistant and he will also be making a return to Glanford Park.

Adkins originally joined the Iron as a physiotherapist before undergoing a successful stint as caretaker boss, leading to his appointment in 2006.

The 49-year-old oversaw one of the club’s most exciting stints, twice winning promotion from League One to the Championship.

He left for Southampton, taking Crosby with him in 2010 and the Liverpudlian helped lift them from the third tier of English football up to the Premier League, where he was rather unfortunate to be dismissed.

The Royals appointed Adkins to replace Brian McDermott in 2013, but the damage was done and he could not stop their relegation back to the Championship.

They are in their second year back in their current division and have had a reasonable start to the campaign with four points from as many games.

The Tuesday evening tie will be the 27th meeting between the two clubs. Reading have come out on top more often, beating us 13 times, drawing 8 with Scunthorpe winning five of those.

The last meeting was in the 2010/11 season, when we met twice in the Championship.

The Iron beat Reading 2-1 at the Madjeski Stadium and eight months later they got their own back with a 2-0 win at Glanford Park. Before that win at GP, they hadn’t beaten the Iron since 1978!

If you can’t make it to Glanford Park for the return of Adkins, keep track of the action by tuning into the club’s official social media channels or keep an eye on events on the website, with live updates available from kick-off.

The other matches taking place on Tuesday evening, for a spot in the third round, are:
Bournemouth v Northampton
Brentford v Fulham
Burnley v Sheff Wed
Crewe v Bolton
Derby v Charlton
Gillingham v Newcastle
Huddersfield v Nottm Forest
Leicester v Shrewsbury
Middlesbrough v Preston
Millwall v Southampton
Norwich v Crawley
Port Vale v Cardiff
Scunthorpe v Reading
Swansea v Rotherham
Swindon v Brighton
Walsall v Crystal Palace
Watford v Doncaster
West Ham v Sheff Utd
MK Dons v Man Utd
West Brom v Oxford

Wednesday’s second round ties:
Aston Villa v Leyton Orient
Birmingham v Sunderland
Bradford v Leeds
Burton v QPR
Stoke v Portsmouth

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