The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

READ­ING may well still be one of the favourites to make an in­stant re­turn to the Pre­mier League this sea­son but they were given a re­minder of just how tough the Cham­pi­onship can be.

The two sides were un­beaten go­ing into this game, but Paul Ince’s de­ci­sion to name a mid­field three of Barry Fer­gu­son, Neal Bishop and An­gel Martinez sti­fled Read­ing and en­sured the home side en­joyed the bet­ter of the pos­ses­sion.

Nigel Ad­kins crit­i­cised his side’s de­fen­sive show­ing in the 3-3 draw with Wat­ford and he will have been dis­ap­pointed with his back four again af­ter ship- ping a very avoid­able late goal. The re­sult leaves Black­pool top of the Cham­pi­onship and Read­ing lan­guish­ing in mid-ta­ble.

Quite whether that will be the same come the end of the sea­son re­mains to be seen, but the Seasiders showed there is plenty of rea­son for op­ti­mism, while the Royals have just been served a timely warn­ing.

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