Preview: Boro vs Reading

by | Feb 19, 2021 | Community, Sport

Neil Warnock has been handed a massive double boost as he relishes this weekend’s trip to revved-up Reading.

The Boro boss was delighted to see the red card for Paddy McNair in the midweek win over Huddersfield overturned on appeal.

And he is hopeful that key defender Dael Fry will also be back in the match day mix after injury.

McNair’s disputed sending off came as the Northern Ireland international put in a thundering tackle on Juninho Bacuna leaving the 10 men to put in a stirring last ditch defence in a frantic finale to hold on to a 2-1 win.

McNair was facing a three match ban but will now be available to face the fifth placed Royals.

Fry meanwhile has been back in full training after shrugging off the calf injury that has sidelined him for three games.

“Dael had a really good session yesterday, full training the hardest he’s had and we’re hoping that there are no after-effects,” said Warnock. “He looked good to me and hopefully he’ll be available.
“We’ve missed that solidness that we built the team on, and hopefully with Dael we can get some consistency again.”

The Boro manager hopes that his return will be followed by other reinforcements as Boro build up for an end of season surge with livewire midfielder Marcus Tavernier and wideman Yannick Bolasie not far behind.

“We’re going to need everyone over the next few weeks, with the number of games we have,” he said. “I’d love to have a full squad for the run-in.”

Reading are flying and after struggling last season have been one of the surprise packages.

They started the campaign with seven wins out of eight – a 0-0 Riverside draw with Boro the only blemish.

Now Warnock is hoping that with a beefed-up squad he can ruffle the Royals again.

“It is a game to relish,” he said. “I’ve had some fantastic times there over the years – and a few barnies too.

“It is always a tough place to go. They have some great players and are in really good form so it will be difficult for us.

“But it will be difficult for them too. We have to go there and give a good account of ourselves and get something.

“The dressing room was buzzing after the midweek win and we are well placed just outside the play-offs so we have everything to play for. I’m looking forward to it.”


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