Defender rallies Royals fansMichael Hector was pleased to see the Royals come through a bruising test at Valley Parade this past weekend, after a tense goalless draw with Bradford City.
On a difficult pitch the game was very much the clichéd ‘blood and thunder’ cup tie, with neither side able to find that crucial goal.
“There are a few scars from the battle, but it was a great atmosphere today – Reading fans came out in their numbers and it was good to see,” Hector told Reading FC Player.
“Sometimes I couldn’t hear Pearcey and he couldn’t hear me. It was one of those games where you had to stand up and be a man. It’s good to still be in the hat, we battled through it well.”
Indeed Hector’s centre half partner Alex Pearce suffered a brutal facial injury in stoppage time, playing on after lengthy treatment on a broken nose.
“They’re saying it’s improved his looks now! He battled through it, that’s him. He’s a tough centre half and that’s what we had to do. We’ve still got plenty of work to do, it’s going to be a tough game in the replay– you’ve seen them beat Chelsea away from home. We want to pack out the stadium, that’d give us a real boost. We need as many fans as possible and to make it intimidating for Bradford to come down.”
Before attention turns to that replay, there are crucial Sky Bet Championship games to be dealt with – starting with a meeting with Brighton on Tuesday evening.
“It’s another important game, back to the bread and butter stuff. We have to pull away from the bottom three and get in the top half of the table. I feel it’ll be a tough game against them.”
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