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Boss confirms same team

24 January 2014

Adkins' winning formula

Royals boss Nigel Adkins says that barring a late injury, he will stick with the same starting XI that has beaten Watford and Bolton in the last two games.

Having picked up six points from a possible six with a goal difference of +7, the boss is naturally showing faith in his team as we travel to Portman Road to take on Ipswich.

Speaking to Reading FC Player, Nigel said, "There's a great togetherness about everybody, I like to think we’ll probably go with the same team again up at Ipswich and see if we can get three games on the spin with the same team.

"That’ll be good because as you say the momentum is there, there’s a spirit about everybody and we’re looking forward to the second half of the season.

"We've had two good games, plenty of goals last weekend and the lads are working ever so hard on the training ground again, which is good. They’re getting the rewards for their hard work in the last two games."

Ipswich are just outside the play-off places at the moment, and Nigel anticipates a good challenge.

"We are expecting a tough game again, they’ve been on a good ride through the cause of the season now, some good experienced players – an excellent manager in Mick McCarthy and Portman Road is a difficult place to go to."

Hal Robson-Kanu comes back into contention for the Royals, but Danny Guthrie is still out. Wayne Bridge and Sean Morrison have trained outside this week but are still some way off playing.

Stephen Hunt could come into Ipswich's starting XI, while Jay Tabb will be aiming to force his way into the team to face his former club.

See the boss' full pre-match interview on Reading FC Player now, and listen to the game LIVE from Portman Road.

Manager preview clip on YouTube.

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