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Clarke and Norwood preview Bolton clash

20 November 2015

A look ahead to the Trotters meeting

Royals boss Steve Clarke welcomed the most recent international break, and has used the fortnight to work with the players on the training ground to try and get Reading back to winning ways.

“I think mentally and physically it was a good chance to have a rest during the international break – obviously a few of the boys have been away on international duty,” said Clarke.

“I noticed with the rest of the boys that were back and were here during training that there was a little edge to them.  They know they need to get back to winning ways quickly; they’re looking forward to the game on Saturday and they’re desperate to give the supporters something to shout about.”

Clarke sees the Bolton game as a chance for the Royals to get three points, but knows Neil Lennon’s men will pose a tough task when they visit Madejski Stadium on Saturday.

“If you look at Bolton’s position, it’s been a difficult season for them so far – but they’ve got a good manager in Neil Lennon,” he continued.

“He’ll make them difficult to beat so we expect a hard game, as you always get in this division, but we look forward to a good performance and hopefully a good victory for us.”

Reading midfielder Oliver Norwood underlined the importance of not underestimating Saturday’s opponents despite their lowly league position.

“We can’t be complacent; in the last few games we’ve seen what can happen for ourselves, coming up against teams that weren’t in a great position in the league and we didn’t manage to beat them,” reflected Norwood.

“It will be a tough game, Neil Lennon and his side will be coming and thinking they can cause an upset of sorts and we’ve got to make sure we don’t let that happen.”

After a difficult run of results for Reading, Norwood was quick to point out the importance of home a win for the Royals to lift the fans and the players, something that everyone was working together to try and achieve. 

He continued: “We went on a great run before the last run of disappointing results where we won five on the bounce, there’s no unrest everyone is pulling in the same direction so we’ve got to put the results right on Saturday now.

“We need to get back on the winning track as quickly as possible we know that as a group of players and we know that as a group of staff.  We know that the quicker we get the three points and get that burden out of the way, I’m sure we’ll kick on and get back to where we want to be.

“After the disappointing result we had before the international break it’s been a long two weeks and it has not been very enjoyable.  The lads are raring to go and get the win.  Hopefully the fans come out and back us like they have all season on Saturday.”

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