Huddersfield Town travel to Reading tomorrow night looking to secure their first Championship points of the 2014/2015 season after slipping to a second successive league defeat at Cardiff City on Saturday.

Town went down to Peter Whittingham's wonder goal and a Kenwyne Jones brace in a 3-1 reverse, but turned in a much-improved display after the previous weekend's 4-0 drubbing by Bournemouth, when Mark Robins left the club.

Watch: Town reporter Doug Thomson on Town's trip to Reading

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But they will hope to bounce back when they head to Reading for Tuesday night's encounter at the Madejski Stadium, where they will come up against a side with four points from their opening two games and sat seventh as a result.

And here are the three key battles which could decide the contest.

Nahki Wells v Alex Pearce        

Nahki Wells v Alex Pearce
 

Town's Bermudian frontman will be disappointed with his performance on Saturday, having failed to build on the midweek hat-trick that put Capital One Cup opponents Chesterfield to the sword.

That was in part due to the Bluebirds' dominant defensive pairing of Mark Hudson and Matthew Connolly and also the ineffective performance of Jonathan Stead, with the promise the two-pronged strikeforce showed against the Spireites proving little more than a false dawn.

He will come up against another stubborn defender in Alex Pearce, who has become a key figure in the Royals' backline in the wake of Sean Morrison departing for Cardiff.

It will be up to him and Chris Gunter to marshal a youthful defence and he will be the man Wells will most likely have to breach in his attempts to score a first league goal of the season.

Jacob Butterfield v Jordan Obita

Jacob Butterfield v Jordan Obita
 

It will be interesting to see whether or not Mark Lillis sticks with the 4-3-1-2 formation that worked wonders initially against Cardiff before Whittingham's 28th-minute intervention.

The compressed midfield quartet allowed him to field new signings Jacob Butterfield, Conor Coady and Radoslaw Majewski in the same side and their intricate passing and quick interchanging movement saw Town make most of the early running.

An away day at Cardiff should have acted as a difficult start for Butterfield to come in and make an instant impact but he did, particularly from set pieces, and will hope to follow that up against Nigel Adkins' side.

But he will face a player in Jordan Obita who is blessed with tremendous athleticism and enjoys pulling wide to take advantage of his crossing ability, meaning it is imperative for Butterfield, or another of Town's midfield diamond, to track across and deny him the space to roam.

Paul Dixon v Simon Cox

Paul Dixon v Simon Cox
 

Possibly the most important battle of them all and, make no mistake about it, a battle which includes two players both eager to make their mark.

Cox is a man on a mission to prove to former club Nottingham Forest that he is the real deal at this level and to his new employers that he is capable of scoring the goals to compensate for Adam Le Fondre's exit from the Madejski Stadium.

For Town left-back Paul Dixon, the focus will be on restoring his reputation as a solid, dependable performer on the left, having suffered a sluggish start to the season.

The formation did not help his defensive performance against Cardiff as he was forced to provide an attacking outlet, but it provided Le Fondre - now of Cardiff of course - too much space in the wide channels.

It is something he has to remedy against Reading's 4-3-3 team shape as Cox is the sort of striker who can punish any momentary lapses in concentration.