Away Fans Views: Reading (A) ryanlufc April 5, 2012 Leeds United Thanks to Daniel Wimbush from The TileHurst End for taking part. We last met in December when Reading were 1-0 winners at Elland Road. Has much changed for you since then? Quite a bit in that we’ve been backed by a modest ‘advance’ from our potential new Russian owners, we’ve been able to draft in the likes of Jason Roberts and Benik Afobe, giving our strikeforce more potency. Roberts and Noel Hunt have formed a much more effective combination up front than any of our other options and it means that the match winner at Elland Road, Simon Church, watches games from the bench. Your absolutely flying in the league – 4 points clear of 3rd place. Is this the year Reading return to the Premiership? Well we hope so, but we realise there’s a long way to go yet. Saturday’s win at Upton Park was absolutely crucial especially given that we’ve got to visit three teams in the top six in Southampton, Brighton and Birmingham. While I’d back us to get results from all of those three, it’s nice to know we can afford a slip or two. If we win our remaining three home games against yourselves, Palace and Forest I think we should be ok. What do you put this season’s success down to? Brian McDermott. The way he’s built the team and lifted morale after Wembley has been nothing short of miraculous. While the January investment has put us over the top, it would be harsh to forget that McDermott had us challenging for a play-off place on meagre resources and having lost our club captain and top goalscorer over the summer. We’ve also had good luck with injuries in key positions, especially at centre half where Alex Pearce and Karspars Gorkss have played the last 35 or so games together. As mentioned, it’s Jason Roberts that has helped put us over the top but we’re a hardworking team rather than being reliant on any one individual Who should we be looking out for in your team on Friday? At the risk of sounding like a broken record, Roberts. His power and strength are central to the way we play, while his strike partner Noel Hunt has also been in good goalscoring form. Jimmy Kebe hasn’t quite hit the heights of last season, partly due to injury but on his day he’s still one of if not the best winger in this league. Also watch out for Benik Afobe off the bench. The Arsenal youngster is on loan with us and is very highly thought of at the Emirates. The Championship 2011/12: 3 up, 3 down? Hopefully Saints and ourselves to go up automatically. Play-off wise and it’s anybody’s guess, but I’ve got a sneaky feeling Brighton might do it. Going down and Pompy and Donny look doomed, think Coventry will be the other to join them. Are there any current Leeds players you would like to see at Reading? One you probably hear all the time but Snodgrass. He’s the one player that’s always stood out and having him in our squad would be an amazing asset. Becchio also seems to know where the goal is so wouldn’t be a bad punt either. Finally, what’s your prediction for the game? It’s Reading v Leeds so history tells us it’s going to be a 0-0, I’m hoping it’ll buck that trend though and we’ll follow up the weekend’s result with a 3-1 win and give ‘Colin’ another miserable memory from a trip to the Madejski.