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Blackman ready for Colchester cup clash

10 August 2015

Forward all set for trip to Essex

Royals forward Nick Blackman is keen to go again for the Royals and help them book a place in the second round of the Capital One Cup when they travel to Colchester on Tuesday night.

After a frustrating result against Birmingham on Saturday, the forward feels Reading could have taken more from the game and underlined the importance of bouncing back with a positive result in Essex against the League 1 outfit.

“It was a really close game against Birmingham and we’re really disappointed we didn’t come away with three points, never mind just one,” said Blackman.

“We want to get back to winning ways and Tuesday gives us the opportunity to do that.  We have got a lot of difficult and important games coming this season, and the most important thing right now is that we go into the cup game in the right mind-set.”

On a personal level there were positives to be taken from the weekend’s display from the forward, as he continued the scoring form he showed in pre-season by heading in Chris Gunter’s centre just before the hour-mark.

Reading fielded a side with a number of new signings at St Andrew’s and Blackman feels the team have an opportunity on Tuesday to learn from the defeat and deliver a result.

“It was great to score on Saturday after a good pre-season, and I think the team performance was there,” he said.  “We can take heart from our performance in most of the second half, there was some good stuff played, but we need to make sure we play like that from the start and results will come.

“The new lads added a lot to the team and we’re all raring to go again on Tuesday.  We have to learn from the mistakes we made, and we want to put that into practice against Colchester.”

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