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Clarke: "I love the FA Cup"

23 January 2015

Manager hopes to create more memories

The magic of the FA Cup won’t be lost on Steve Clarke this weekend, as the Royals boss aims to extend his impressive record in the competition.

Reading travel to Wales for their Fourth Round tie, with the manager hoping to add to a CV that already boasts an array of highlights from the tournament.

“I love the FA Cup, I think it’s a great competition and I always pay it the biggest respect I can,” said Clarke.

“Winning it in 1997 is still one of the best moments of my career. I reached the final as a coach with Newcastle and Liverpool and won it as a coach with Chelsea. I think it just helps everything about the club, you get a good feel good factor; I spoke to the group this morning and we said it’s important to try and get that lift. It is certainly no distraction, its good. The preparation will be similar as always and hopefully it’s another good performance.”

With over 1,700 travelling fans expected to back Reading at the Cardiff City Stadium, it’s clear that Clarke is not the only one hoping for a 2015 cup run.

“The supporters last week were excellent at Fulham. It’s really good for the players when they go away from home and hear that noise coming from the Reading fans. Hopefully the same people are going to travel down to Cardiff and this time we can send them home with a smile on their face.”

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