Martin O'Neill is likely to employ different tactics for Aston Villa against Reading tonight from the ones he used to stifle Arsenal in London last Saturday, writes Hyder Jawad.
The Villa manager, in preparing for his first home match in charge, knows that the onus is on his team to attack against Reading and will select a team designed to create chances.
Villa's 1-1 draw against Arsenal was clearly a step in the right direction but Reading will provide different problems for O'Neill. Reading came back from two goals down to defeat Middlesbrough 3-2 at home.
Steve Coppell, the Reading manager, has revolutionised the club. "Steve has done a fantastic job there and it was a magnificent performance to come from 2-0 down to beat Middlesbrough," O'Neill said. "They could have disappeared without trace at 2-0 but they were excellent, the enthusiasm was there and they were able to turn it around."
O'Neill's popularity, already high, soared after the draw against Arsenal but he would prefer to remain out of the limelight tonight. He is unlikely to be granted his wish.
"I will have the same nervousness as I always do," he said. "Before every game of football, as a player and a manager, I have been like that. As for the expectations, I can't do anything about that. I just hope the Villa fans will still be on our side after 75 minutes because it means we are doing well."
Mark Delaney, the Villa right-back, has a fitness test this morning after missing the match against Arsenal because of a virus.
Reading are without Dave Kitson, their striker, who suffered a knee injury against Middlesbrough. Leroy Lita, who scored the winning goal last Saturday, is set to start.