The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

SH­EFFIELD Wed­nes­day’s great es­cape con­tin­ues apace. It’s six wins and four draws in 12 league games now for Stu­art Gray’s side, who never looked like los­ing this game once they had got them­selves ahead.

Ad­mit­tedly they had the nu­mer­i­cal ad­van­tage for the ma­jor­ity of the game, but given the en­ergy and the pace of their at­tack­ing play­ers on show, it’s no sur­prise that they have beaten the likes of Le­ices­ter and Leeds in re­cent weeks – they are brim­ming with con­fi­dence.

Sur­vival looks more than pos­si­ble.

As for Read­ing, they need to make the Mad­jeski a fortress if they’re go­ing to gain pro­mo­tion back to the Premier League at the first time of ask­ing. Wor­ry­ingly, they’ve won only three of their last eight games at home – and have lost as many in that same pe­riod.

Goals are not an is­sue; with Adam Le Fon­dre and Pavel Po­greb­nyak up front they will con­tinue to be one of the league’s most po­tent at­tack­ing forces.

But the teams around them are omi­nously bet­ter on their own turf.

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