Jason Roberts believes Southampton will be out to avenge the 3-1 defeat that the Royals inflicted on them back in April - but says that the Royals will ignore the hype and go to win the game.
"It is a big game - another Premier League game," Roberts told Reading FC Player
. "We've got some big games ahead with Sunderland right after it so we're looking forward to it.
"There'll be an element of revenge for them - no doubt about that. They will look at us and think that they owe us one. But we've got to go there with a lot of character and play the football match - ignore everything else.
'Character' seemed to be the buzzword as the Reading frontman fondly reflected on our magnificent victory at St Mary's towards the end of last season, and has called on the Royals to exert the same mettle shown on that night as we travel to Hampshire once more.
"There were some good memories from last season, for both myself and the team," the striker added. "I'm sure the fans enjoyed it too so they'll be looking forward to the game.
"It was a fantastic night and there were some great performances from us - it was a typical Reading performance. It was a good where we had to show a lot of character and it's is the kind of character we need this season."
"There's a fine line between knowing how to win and not winning. Last season, we had that mentality where we were getting results when perhaps it didn't tell the whole story of the game. But this season, I think it's gone the other way for us - we're playing very well and not getting the results that the performance warrants.
"But we've got to turn that around - we have to believe and keep on working hard and find that little percentage that will change a good performance into a good result."
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