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Vital Derby looks ahead to tomorrow's clash with Reading with the help of Vital Reading editor Thurlow97....

Vital Derby looks ahead to tomorrow's clash with Reading with the help of Vital Reading editor Thurlow97....

Was Brian McDermott a surprise appointment and what difference has e made to the team?

He was a surprise, but I think the correct decision as he was wrongly dismissed last time after putting up a good fight in the premier league with limited resources. He's only had 5 games but you can already tell he's had an impact on the players' fight. Brian is still yet to know his best 11 so we need to give him time.

Were you surprised at the decision to sell Nick Blackman given his goalscoring record this season?

At first I was very shocked Blackman was sold after the things he's done this season. However, the more I think about it, the more I feel the decision to cash in on Nick was the correct one. Before this season everyone involved with Reading would bite your hand off for 3m for Blackman with his contract running out. He's also been on a poor run of form so it's not worth the risk to keep him and then lose him for free in summer.

What areas (if any) does the team need to strengthen now the transfer window has re-opened?

After losing our main goal threat in Blackman, we desperately need another proven forward like Lewis Grabban for example. With many injuries at the back, a centre half also wouldn't go a miss this January.

Who is your danger man now?

Our danger man is probably Ola John. When he gets going, John is unplayable. However, he has a slight hamstring injury so I doubt he'll be fit for Tuesday. McCleary on form can cause problems and after scoring on Saturday, Vydra could now come good

And who do you think you need to watch for The Rams?

Obviously Blackman is bound to score the winner because that's how football goes. Bar him, I feel Tom Ince is your danger man. Quick feet and intelligent footballer that gets in great areas. We'll need to keep him quiet if we want anything from the game.

What are you expectations for the season now we're at the halfway point and have they changed since last time we met?

My expectations last time were play offs if I remember correctly. This has now gone down to a top 10 finish after a torrid couple of months here.

And finally what is your prediction for the match?

It's my first away game since Fulham so I haven't seen us play away from home during this time but by the looks of our results, were really struggling. I think you'll have too much for us in attacking positions and beat us 3-1.

Writer:MikeC
Date:Sunday January 10 2016
Time: 9:49PM

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