Huddersfield Town have a rather raw bit of history with the Royals – our vanquishers, via penalties, at Wembley three years ago.
A tough day for Royals supporters, as the West Yorkshire side went on to spend two years dining at English football’s top table. After surviving the drop in their first season, they dropped back through the trap-door last summer.
And it’s not been an easy transition to life in the Championship. Any hopes of an instant bounce back were realistically ended before the end of September – two draws, eight defeats and zero wins in all competitions meant that the Terriers had an entirely different battle to think about.
Hovering just two points above the drop-zone down to League One with five games remaining, they need the points. They got a decent point from their home outing against promotion-chasers Preston on Saturday.
Our situation looks a lot healthier after a demolition of Luton at the weekend, who were dispatched 5-0 at Kenilworth Road. A home win on Tuesday night could, potentially, propel us into the top half of the table.
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Manager Mark Bowen: “Someone asked me that old question – have you got anything to play for? If we haven’t got top six to go for, which we were hoping for, then we have to keep demanding of each other. If not top six, then top ten. If not top ten, then top half.
“We’ve got to have something to play for, to push on over the last five games. We have to make sure that this isn’t a one off. This group of players are well capable, on any given day, of competing and beating the best.”
Forward Yakou Méïté: “We need to recover quick… the games are coming so fast! We celebrate the victory, but we have to stay focused for the game on Tuesday. Hopefully we can get the win at home this time.
“It’s a short time to prepare; as soon as the game against Luton is done, we start to think about Huddersfield and how they play.”
Build-up to the fixture will be available to watch on ‘The Royal Exchange – Matchday Live’ – kicking off just before 5pm, when we’ll bring the team news, as well as hearing who said what, looking at highlights from recent fixtures and all the chat about the games.
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It’s not a message that we would usually give to our supporters… but please do not travel to Madejski Stadium for this fixture. All supporters have the opportunity to watch the fixture remotely, and for the safety of everyone absolutely no unauthorised access to the match or the stadium grounds will be permitted.
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