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Clarke faces 'juggling act'

12 March 2015

Boss on Watford test

Steve Clarke has admitted that he faces a ‘juggling act’ this weekend, as the Royals prepare for a trip to Watford just two days before an FA Cup quarter-final replay at home to Bradford.

The ever demanding fixture schedule continues to be unrelenting, with Reading facing four games in the space of nine days.

“The weekend is obviously difficult because we have two games in a short space of time so I need to make sure I pick the right team for both games,” Clarke told Reading FC Player.

“This weekend is going to be a juggling act for me as a manager. It’s a little unusual, it’s a situation you get maybe once a year with an Easter weekend if you’re unfortunate with how the fixture falls. For the supporters though, they can turn up, get to the game and support the team that’s selected on the pitch.”

With the Hornets flying high and joint top of the Sky Bet Championship, a tough challenge certainly lies in store at Vicarage Road.

“They’re a team that’s been up at the top of the league all season. Tuesday was a big win for us. It was important to get a home win, important to score a couple of goals at home so, a good night and now we look forward to a difficult away game.

“You can tell by the team selection the other night there were one or two knocks, bumps and bruises that affected us from Bradford away. But we adapted very well to it, the only disappointing thing was maybe that Juri Travner who would have played left back was also injured. He’s waited patiently for a long time for his chance, he’s also picked up a little knock. I’m hopeful he’ll be available or the weekend but not confident.”

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