Blackpool welcome Reading to Bloomfield Road on Tuesday evening, in an Emirates FA Cup Third Round Replay.
The Seasiders played out a 2-2 draw at the Madejski Stadium ten days ago, with Nathan Delfouneso and Armand Gnanduillet both putting Simon Grayson’s side in front before Reading clawed their way back, firstly through Sam Baldock and then Danny Loader.
Reading are currently on an impressive eight game unbeaten run stretching back to the start December in a home defeat to Birmingham City.
After a shaky start in the league, Mark Bowen’s side have picked up and currently sit in 14th place in the Championship table.
Last Three Results:
- 11 January – Reading 1-1 Nottingham Forest
- 4 January – Reading 2-2 Blackpool
- 1 January – Fulham 1-2 Reading
Manager: Mark Bowen
Mark Bowen held two roles at Reading before becoming manager in October 2019. The 56-year-old joined the club in March 2019 as the club’s technical consultant. He became the club’s sporting director in August and was then appointed as first team manager in October after Jose Gomes’ departure. Despite enjoying coaching roles at the likes of Crystal Palace, Birmingham City and Stoke City, this is Bowen’s first ever manager’s job in first team football.
Since being installed as manager at the Madejski Stadium, Bowen has impressed and the club has risen from relegation candidates to play-off hopefuls over a short space of time.
Star Man: John Swift
Despite George Puscas, Yakou Meite and Lucas Joao being above him in the club goalscoring charts, John Swift has proved a vital component of Reading’s side so far this season. The attacking midfielder has scored five goals and provided seven assists for the Royals this season, proving a real threat to many opponents. The 24-year-old is a Chelsea Academy graduate having spent time on loan at Rotherham United, Swindon Town and Brentford before his permanent move to Reading in 2016.
Familiar Face: Charlie Adam
It’ll be a warm return to Bloomfield Road for Charlie Adam on Tuesday evening. The midfielder spent two years at Blackpool and was part of that side that gained promotion to the Premier League back in 2010, scoring a sublime free-kick against Cardiff City in the Championship Play-Off Final.
Now 34, Adam signed for Reading in July 2019 from Stoke City and has scored a couple of goals for the Royals since his arrival.