Viktor Gyokeres scored his second goal of the season to secure the win at Bloomfield Road, as Mark Robins hailed “some great defensive performances” in his side’s first clean sheet in seven league games.
Following their two-year exile, the Sky Blues will be eager to make the Coventry Building Society Arena a fortress this season and Kyle McFadzean’s 96th-minute winner against Forest a fortnight ago was the perfect homecoming.
Coventry have only won one of the last 12 encounters with Reading, but that was a 3-2 victory at St. Andrew’s last season.
After hosting the Royals, Robins’ men face a tricky trip to early Championship front-runners Queens Park Rangers before August is out.
There is not as much early season positivity in the Reading camp, as the Royals have lost two of their opening three games and have conceded a league-high seven goals.
On Tuesday night they handed Bristol City their first league win since March; the Robins triumphed 3-2, having been two goals up inside 14 minutes following some poor set-piece defending from Veljko Paunovic’s side.
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Off the pitch, their transfer activity remains restricted by the EFL and loanee Tom Dele-Bashiru and free transfer Junior Hoilett are the club’s only signings of the summer so far.
It means that their substitutes bench has mainly been made up of academy players, but it has allowed 20-year-old Femi Azeez to take a starring role and he has two goals to his name so far.
Reading have not won away from home since the end of February, and after their trip to the West Midlands they visit Huddersfield Town next weekend