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"We'll give them a fight"

11 January 2013

McDermott and Clarke preview Saturday clash

Manager Brian McDermott insists the Royals will be taking the fight to their opposition as the Baggies visit Madejski Stadium on Saturday.

Reading are undefeated against West Brom in the last nine encounters between the two clubs at home, and it's a run Brian wants to continue as the Royals come up against a club we would love to emulate.

"They are up there, the manager there Steve Clarke has done a fantastic job," said Brian. "He’s been around successful clubs as a player and a staff member and he was at Liverpool as well last season. He’s done a terrific job, they've got one of our ex-players there who was fantastic for us and I’m sure he’ll get a terrific reception.

"We know what we’re coming up against, we lost to them earlier on this season. Anyone who comes here will have a fight on their hands and we’ll certainly be giving them that.

"They are the type of club we would look at and try and emulate, they've really been solid in the last couple of years. Steve Clark’s carried on, done really well and done a good job. It’s a good club West Brom."

In return, Baggies boss Steve Clarke paid tribute to McDermott and warned his charges that the Royals will provide a tough test.

"It’s a difficult place to go and whenever you go down to the Madejski it’s always difficult to get anything,” said Clarke.

"Brian’s a good man and he’s done all the hard hours and he’s done a fantastic job. They’re making a good fight of it in the Premier League. 

"Whenever you go up against Reading or one of Brian's teams you know they're going to be hardworking and industrious and we know we have to go there and match that work rate.  

"They were involved in a lot of really open, exciting games but were always on the wrong end of the scoreline. I think Brian and his staff have looked at that and assessed it and they've really tightened up over the last few weeks.

"The way they play now is slightly different to how they approached games earlier in the season, and they are showing signs of getting to grips with it."

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