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Kuhl lauds players’ preparations

10 December 2015

Interim manager previews Deepdale visit

Reading interim manager Martin Kuhl hailed the Royals players’ attitude and professionalism ahead of the trip to Preston North End on Saturday.

Kuhl, who has been leading first-team training this week, will be in the away dugout at Deepdale and has enjoyed the opportunity to take sessions with a talented group in order to get them prepared for the trip up to Lancashire.

“The lads have been very good in training,” said Kuhl.  “They have gone with it and have looked good, and now we’re looking forward to the weekend.

“They have been bright, the sessions have been lively, and we have mixed it up to keep them on their toes.  They have been very good so far.

“They are a little bit unsure about what’s going on, and that’s normal.  The old heads have been through it before, and the young ones have been through similar changes in their careers.  But they have all been fine and they are getting on well.

“I appreciate the opportunity to do it – it has been a test for myself as well.  There is some real quality out there and it is a pleasure to work with them.”

Kuhl’s first fixture as the Royals’ stand-in boss will certainly be a challenge – Preston are aiming to make it back-to-back wins for the first time this year, after upsetting high-flying Burnley at Turf Moor last weekend.  The Lilywhites have come into a decent vein of form, registering just a single defeat in their last eight Championship outings.

He is hopeful that the team can secure the three points to kick off a profitable festive period, where there are plenty of points at stake.

Kuhl continued: “Preston had a good performance at Burnley – we saw the game and they play a certain way and do it well.  We’re expecting a tough game.

“Everyone knows that Christmas time is fantastic and full of games to look forward to.  If they can get three points on Saturday, it will be a massive bonus for them to hopefully kick-start getting more results and start moving up the table.”

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