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Hector: Sheffield Wednesday will provide a tough test

29 January 2015

Defender looks ahead to Saturday

Michael Hector says that Sheffield Wednesday will pose the Royals with tough test when they visit Madejski Stadium on Saturday.

The Owls are the Championship’s joint-lowest scorers, along with Blackpool, but have the third best away record in the second tier.

And Hector is expecting them to provide a stern test, and has cited strikers Atdhe Nuhiu and Stevie May as particularly threatening individuals. 

“Tough game,” Hector said. “They’re a solid side and obviously it will be a test. They have got big Nuhiu up front and he is a handful with May running off him.

“It will be a tough game but hopefully we can start kicking on and get the three points. Staying unbeaten and kicking on is what we want to do. We’ll take each game as it comes and hopefully get the three points on Saturday.”

Saturday’s match with be Reading’s third game in seven days, with seven more games to come in February.

“We like game after game - it’s better than just training,” said Hector. “We’re looking forward to Saturday and hopefully we can get a better result than Tuesday. We need to take it a game at a time.

“We need to start picking up points if we want to climb the table but we can’t look too far ahead. We’ve got to concentrate on each game, concentrate on training and maintain the good shape that we’ve developed.”

Tuesday’s goalless draw at Millwall made it just one defeat in seven for the Royals. Hector, though, was slightly disappointed that they couldn’t take three points from the resolute, 10-man Lions. 

The centre-back said: “We defended well. They didn’t have many opportunities. Our back four was tight but we just couldn’t get the win.

“After having a man sent off, Millwall stayed narrow and it was hard to break them down. We created good crossing positions but couldn’t get onto the end of them.

“At half time, with them having just gone down to 10, we felt that we had enough quality to beat them. They defended well, though, and although we got into good crossing positions we couldn’t get anyone on the end of them.

“Teams aren’t as open as when they have 11 men. That happens with most sides. Millwall will take the point. They just wanted to stay solid and hope for a set piece, or any opportunity. We dominated possession but we couldn’t take any of our chances.”

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