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Clarke: It'll be a different test

24 February 2015

Manager believes FA Cup will have no bearing

Steve Clarke doesn’t believe the Royals' FA Cup win over Huddersfield Town at the John Smith’s Stadium will give his side any edge going into Tuesday night’s Sky Bet Championship clash.

Reading picked up a 1-0 win over the Terriers back in January thanks to Nick Blackman’s second half goal, but the manager is predicting a different challenge as Chris Powell’s side look to leap frog Clarke’s men in the table.

“It (the FA Cup win) won’t have any bearing on the game,” said the Scotsman. “On the day we played them in the cup they rested two or three of their better players. We go up there expecting a difficult game, they’ve been in decent form recently. We’ll go up there and it’ll be tough.

“It was a long journey to Ipswich and will probably be a three or four hour trip to Huddersfield with only two days recovery between the games. That’s a tough ask for us. We have to find a way to prepare the players, recover them properly and go again on Tuesday night.”

The boss will wait on the fitness of goalkeeper Adam Federici, who completed 90 minutes at Portman Road despite falling awkwardly following a smart second half save.

“He’s a strong boy, resilient and tough, who wants to play every game. He just caught his leg underneath him a little bit. We won’t know what it is until tomorrow (Sunday) but I’m sure Adam will be desperate to play, if not then I’ve got Mikkel Andersen waiting and desperate to show everyone how good he is as well.”

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