Reading Football Club are facing an April fixture list as congested as the IDR at rush hour. Their victory against West Brom in the FA Cup Fifth Round means the Sky Bet Championship fixture against Brighton & Hove Albion could be moved from March 11 into April.
April is famous for it's Fools' Day, but it's no joke that Brian McDermott may have to squeeze his side through nine competitive fixtures in just 30 days. That works out at an agonising 3.3 days per game.
The Royals already had fixtures against Bolton (A), Nottingham Forest (H), Birmingham (H), Leeds (A), Hull City (H), QPR (A) and Preston (H) in April. Throw an away game against Middlesbrough into the mix and the only game day remaining in the month is Tuesday, April 26, which could be the day The Royals' match against Brighton is moved to.
If that weren't bad enough, it's conceivable that if Reading beat Crystal Palace in the next round of the FA Cup, the Semi-Final is scheduled for Saturday, April 23 or the Sunday. That means the 'Hoops Derby' between Reading and QPR would need to be rescheduled to Tuesday, May 3 to fit in before the season ending fixture with Blackburn Rovers.
If the Brighton game is moved to the only free slot in April, this is how the fixtures would look.
Home or Away?
|Bolton||Sat April 2||A|
|Nottingham Forest||Tue April 5||H|
|Birmingham||Sat April 9||H|
|Middlesbrough||Tue April 12||A|
|Leeds||Sat April 16||A|
|Hull City||Tue April 19||H|
|QPR/FA Cup Semi-Final||Sat April 23||A / N|
|Brighton||Tue April 26||A|
|Preston||Sat April 30||H|
None of this has been confirmed yet, and Brian McDermott will be crossing his fingers and hoping the Football League move the Brighton game to the following Tuesday, March 15.
Otherwise, it looks like the Biscuitmen are in for an even more painful 30 days in what was an already full month.