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Round 4 is here. Reading are looking to grab their first win of the season against a West Brom side which has already completed the Merseyside double at home this campaign. Steve Clarke's men are the perennial yo-yo club but after four games they sit nicely in 6th place. Of course, Brian McDermott isn't looking at the league table just yet but Royals fans will be hoping for a good showing after last week's tame performance at home to Tottenham left them languishing in the relegation zone.
The Tilehurst End understands that Reading will be returning to the 4-4-2 formation which saw them promoted, after a couple of games unsuccessfully testing out a 4-4-1-1. We also understand that there will be at least one change in the defence as McDermott looks to shake up a back five which has shipped 7 goals in the last 2 games. More when the teams are officially announced at around 2:15pm.
4:25pm: Well, he had to be involved... Shane Long comes on for James Morrison and almost straight away sets up the West Brom opener. He beats Pearce in the air to head back to Lukaku on the edge of the box, who drills home past McCarthy. Questions over the Reading keeper's efforts to save the shot, it was pretty much straight at him but it also came through two defenders en route to the net. Noel Hunt is on for Pogrebnyak, we'll see if he can grab an equaliser.
3:45pm: It's half time at the Hawthorns and Reading are a little lucky to go in 0-0 at the break. A pretty lifeless first half came alive in the last two minutes, as Chris Gunter made a last-ditch tackle to deny Romelu Lukaku a shot on goal, then from the resulting corner Jonas Olsson hit the bar. Few chances for Reading as Pogrebnyak and Le Fondre aren't getting any service up top. Hopefully McDermott can inspire the team to a get a shot on goal in the second half.
3:00pm: We're underway.
2:30pm: As we reported earlier, a couple of changes for the Royals. Adam Le Fondre comes in for Jem Karacan to shift back to 4-4-2, whilst Nicky Shorey makes his first Premier League appearance in his second spell for Reading at the club he left in the summer. We'll see if these changes have any effect on the performance - we're hoping for a better showing than last week at home to Spurs.