FOURTH-PLACED Reading Rockets (7-3) will be looking to bounce back from their heavy 102-77 defeat to Derby Trailblazers (6-4) when they take on Bradford Dragons (4-6) at the John Madejski Academy on Sunday afternoon (5pm).

Alan Keane's men will entertain Dragons for the first time this term, a team they did the double over last season in recording a a 95-89 away victory while dominating the home affair 100-60. Bradford are on a good run in the league, however, having won three out of their last four with their only loss in that period coming against Hemel Storm in a 94-88 overtime reverse.

Keane was disappointed with last weekend’s performance and knows Bradford will provide a tough test for his team this Sunday, but believes the group will be ready to respond.

He said: "Last weekend was probably the poorest performance of the season from us so far and it was disappointing to see, however we are not defining ourselves on one game and we all got back to practice this week to re-align and re-focus.

“Bradford are a well-established team in the division and coach (Chris) Mellor does a really good job with the groups he has.

"This year he has a good blend of youth and experience and they are a match for anyone on any given day. They have a number of players who know the league really well and this helps them compete with the best teams.”

He continued: "While we will respect what Bradford bring to the table, I know the players will be wanting to give a response after last week as well as continuing on our journey of being the best we can in every moment.”

Rockets go into Sunday’s clash having had some recent injury and illness concerns.

Spanish guard Pau Mayor did not recover in time to face Derby last weekend after sustaining a dead leg the previous week and it will be touch and go as to whether the 23-year-old will be fit in time for this Sunday.

Captain Ed Potter was a doubt for Rockets’ ahead of last Sunday’s loss with a fractured hand, however the 24-year-old forward did suit up for the Berkshire outfit and should be fit to play against Bradford.

American AJ Carr played through a severe bout of flu last weekend, but the Reading team are hopeful he will have fully recovered ahead of this week’s upcoming game.