Reading warn of complacency with top spot in reach

 

Reading's Turkish midfielder Jem Karacan has warned his in-form side to take nothing for granted as the Royals go hunting for top spot in the npower Championship tonight.

Victory over visitors Peterborough would see Brian McDermott's side leapfrog leaders Southampton if Saints are beaten at Hull.

Reading, 4-0 winners at Barnsley at the weekend, have nine wins in their last 10 games but Karacan warned: "It's massive here - it's great to be a part of it. But we've done nothing yet, we've got nine games left to go."

Southampton boss Nigel Adkins admits there is a tough match in prospect at seventh-placed Hull with the Tigers wanting to boost their own promotion hopes.

Adkins said: "They don't concede many goals. Defensively they're organised and in their set-up, whilst they've got goals in the team as well.

"We're under no illusions as to the task in hand, but we had a fantastic spell after half-time in the game at our place where we blitzed it and won the game, so we need more of the same."

Sam Allardyce admits West Ham need to end their winless streak at Upton Park if his side are to have any hope of regaining an automatic promotion spot this season.

The Hammers, in third place, take on Middlesbrough tonight - with the Teessiders also in the play-off positions.

West Ham have not lost at home since early December but their last four home matches have ended in draws. Allardyce said: "Hopefully we can keep the unbeaten run going and start turning the draws into wins.

"We need to help the team across the finishing line. If we are playing badly then I don't expect to be let off the hook but we aren't playing badly, we just aren't winning."

Boro lost badly at Birmingham at the weekend and manager Tony Mowbray is hoping they can take advantage of the Hammers' struggles at home.

He said: "The loss of concentration needs to improve and the players know that. Let's hope we can find the answers at West Ham. They've had a relatively difficult time at home, let's hope we can make that continue for them."

At the bottom of the table, struggling Portsmouth face Birmingham, currently in fourth place and on a good run, while second-from-bottom Doncaster desperately need a victory at home to Millwall to keep in touch with Bristol City, who are just outside the relegation places and who host Watford.

Nottingham Forest could do with a positive result at Leeds to ease their own relegation fears.

Brighton's hopes of breaking into the play-offs would be boosted if they can overcome Derby at home, while Crystal Palace take on Barnsley in a mid-table clash.

PA

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Sepp Blatter resignation: The beginning of Fifa's long road to reform?

Does Blatter's departure mean Fifa will automatically clean up its act?

Don't bet on it, says Tom Peck
Charles Kennedy: The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

Charles Kennedy was consistently a man of the centre-left, dedicated to social justice, but was also a champion of liberty and an opponent of the nanny-state, says Baroness Williams
Syria civil war: The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of this endless conflict

The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of Syria's endless civil war

Sahar Qanbar lost her mother and brother as civilians and government soldiers fought side by side after being surrounded by brutal Islamist fighters. Robert Fisk visited her
The future of songwriting: How streaming is changing everything we know about making music

The future of songwriting

How streaming is changing everything we know about making music
William Shemin and Henry Johnson: Jewish and black soldiers receive World War I Medal of Honor amid claims of discrimination

Recognition at long last

Jewish and black soldiers who fought in WWI finally receive medals after claims of discrimination
Beating obesity: The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters

Beating obesity

The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters
9 best women's festival waterproofs

Ready for rain: 9 best women's festival waterproofs

These are the macs to keep your denim dry and your hair frizz-free(ish)
Cycling World Hour Record: Nervous Sir Bradley Wiggins ready for pain as he prepares to go distance

Wiggins worried

Nervous Sir Bradley ready for pain as he prepares to attempt cycling's World Hour Record
Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Reds baulk at Christian Benteke £32.5m release clause
On your feet! Spending at least two hours a day standing reduces the risk of heart attacks, cancer and diabetes, according to new research

On your feet!

Spending half the day standing 'reduces risk of heart attacks and cancer'
With scores of surgeries closing, what hope is there for the David Cameron's promise of 5,000 more GPs and a 24/7 NHS?

The big NHS question

Why are there so few new GPs when so many want to study medicine?
Big knickers are back: Thongs ain't what they used to be

Thongs ain't what they used to be

Big knickers are back
Thurston Moore interview

Thurston Moore interview

On living in London, Sonic Youth and musical memoirs
In full bloom

In full bloom

Floral print womenswear
From leading man to Elephant Man, Bradley Cooper is terrific

From leading man to Elephant Man

Bradley Cooper is terrific