Danny Guthrie’s stunner helps Read­ing’s beat Ip­swich

FANS DES­PER­ATE FOR THEIR PRE­MIER FIX

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READ­ING man­ager Nigel Ad­kins used his pro­gramme notes to em­pha­sise it doesn’t mat­ter a whole lot what hap­pens on the open­ing day.

But the fact that his side got a win in their first game since 2006 is a pretty good start.

The last time Read­ing played at home, they were on a pitch drip­ping with Pre­mier League jewels. That was a 2-0 de­feat to Manch­ester City and the fans want their top-flight fix again.

In Roys­ton Dren­the they’ve got a player with star qual­ity of their own and, if he can get to grips with the league, and ac­tu­ally play a de­cent amount of games, un­like in the rest of his ca­reer, he could rip it up.

This wasn’t pretty and will serve as a re­minder to the home sup­port­ers what the Cham­pi­onship is all about. Lit­tle has changed in their sea­son away. Mick McCarthy is a wily old boss. He has re­cruited well in the sum­mer, got Ip­swich well or­gan­ised and they will cause prob­lems.

And, in the mad world that is the league be­low the big boys, both of th­ese could be hav­ing a big say in the pro­mo­tion race.

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Im­ages

PIGGY BACK: Danny Guthrie, sec­ond left, cel­e­brates scor­ing the sec­ond Read­ing goal

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