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Nick: Confidence still high

28 January 2014

View from both camps

Forward Nick Blackman believes the Royals are still full of confidence despite defeat to Ipswich Town at the weekend.

The former Sheffield United front man came close on a number of occasions after coming off the bench at Portman Road, but was just unable to help his side snatch anything away from the Tractor Boys.

"I had two or three chances that didn't happen for me, it just wasn't meant to be and didn't go in - just one of those days," he said.

"We are looking solid as a team and we are singing off the same hymn sheet which is good. We will forget that Ipswich result and try to get back to winning ways; the supporters have been great at home, we'll go and try and give them something to cheer about again."

In the opposition camp, the Tangerines squad are sampling life under caretaker manager Barry Ferguson following the departure of Paul Ince - and forward Nathan Eccleston told he is flourishing under the Scotsman. 

"The transformation in myself in the short space of time since Fergie's been in charge has been remarkable. I'm a lot more happier and that comes from playing and the manager believing in you and giving you the platform to show what you can do. The more games I'll play the fitter and sharper I'll become and then the Blackpool fans will get to see the best of me."

Read the thoughts of Reading midfielder Hope Akpan ahead of the game here

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