"Every game is so tough"
Royston Drenthe has described the Championship as the most unpredictable league in Europe, after the Royals opened up a five point gap in the play-offs with a 1-0 win away at Charlton.
Nigel Adkins’ side now head to Bournemouth for another formidable challenge on Tuesday evening, and the Dutch winger believes it is a perfect example of just how tough English football’s second tier can be.
“I’m always talking about it with my teammates, it is the craziest league that I’ve ever been in! Every game is so tough,” said Royston, who has played for sides in the top flight in Holland, Spain, England and Russia.
“You never know what is going to happen. In some leagues you know a team will win a particular game, but here even if one team has a better squad, you look after the game and you see a crazy score. It’s a league with so many tough games and so many good quality players, people from outside can’t imagine what it is like. But I’ve now been in it for almost a year and I enjoy it very much, it’s a nice experience.”
With the Cherries on a superb run of four consecutive league wins, Drenthe is well aware that they will be taking on a side with play-off ambitions of their own at the Goldsands Stadium.
“It won’t be easy, they just won at QPR and that’s a really good result for them. We come to their place so it will be a really difficult game, they are just five points behind us and will give 150%.”