What price patience?
On the day Sven-Göran Eriksson was sacked as Leicester City manager Reading were two points and two places below the Foxes. The sides had taken very different approaches to the season following failed promotion campaigns. Leicester had invested more than £10m in new players, Reading made that much through the sales of Matt Mills and Shane Long.
Despite their poor start, Reading backed Brian McDermot and now reap the dividends of that decision. Since Nigel Pearson took change of the Foxes Reading have won 14 and lost four, Leicester have won seven, drawn five and lost six. Draw the league table from the moment Nigel Pearson was appointed and you find Reading top, and Leicester in 12th.
Just as they did last season, the Royals meet Leicester on the back of seven consecutive wins. Reading have conceded just once on that run and have kept four clean sheets in thier last four home matches. City will be looking to undo that run, but also a sequence that has seen them lose four consecutive games against the Berkshire outfit.
With records like that, City can ill afford silly mistakes. At Ashton Gate the Foxes threw away a first half lead just as they had done at Watford and Doncaster. Leicester left Bristol empty handed, and now face three matches against teams currently sitting in the playoffs.
Reading are no strangers to a comeback. No fewer than 18 of their 41 league goals this season (41 per cent) have arrived in the final 15 minutes of league matches. For this, and indeed many other reasons, do not count of the Foxes defending an early advantage should they manage to gain one.