Reading-West Brom Preview
(AP) -- LONDON (SE) - History beckons for West Bromwich Albion as they prepare to host Reading at The Hawthorns on Saturday afternoon.
A win for West Brom this weekend would make it three straight home wins at the start of the season - a Premier League first for the club - but manager Steve Clarke is not getting carried away by his team's excellent start to the season.
"What do I want on Saturday? For us to win the game," said Clarke. "If we play as we played in the previous two home games, hopefully that will enable us to get the result we want. We're a good team and it's still a good start but not an exceptional one. I'm not sure too many people were getting carried away here. Within our group, we knew we had had a good start but I always said there would be disappointing days and we have to deal with those.
"Some expectation comes from outside. We have to manage ours inside. We know what we should achieve and we have started well towards that objective. The next performance is the most important. History is great but we're not looking on the Reading game as a chance to set history. Just look to the three points. Little targets or records that the statisticians like to see are fine along the way but it's not at the forefront of our minds."
Reading have not picked up a point since the opening weekend of the season, and manager Brian McDermott has called on his team to improve after a disappointing 3-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur last time out.
"The last thing we want is to have regrets about a performance, that is the key for me," said McDermott. "Since I have had the job we don't go into blame mode or excuse but we would have had regrets after that. There was real disappointment in the dressing room after the Spurs game, we all would have had regrets about that game and that performance.
"It has been a bit difficult, obviously in the Stoke game we got a point, we went to Chelsea and should have got something and then played Spurs and got what we deserved, we know that. We never make excuses but we are glad we have had that game, three-and-a-half weeks is a long time without a game, we were hurting after the game against Spurs because we didn't do ourselves justice. One thing we are is a difficult side to play against and I don't think we would have been seen as a difficult side to play against with Spurs, I think they had a fairly easy afternoon - which hurts us more than anything really."
West Brom have doubts over Steven Reid (hamstring), while Jerome Thomas is out with a knee injury. Reading are without Jason Roberts (calf) and Jimmy Kebe (hamstring).
Wigan have won seven of their last eight league games against Reading at The Hawthorns, while the Baggies have also managed five clean sheets in their last six home games in the Premier League.
Updated September 20, 2012