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Clarke wants Royals to make their mark against Millers

20 October 2015

Manager previews visit to Rotherham

Games continue to come thick and fast in the Championship – the dust has only just settled on the Royals’ victory against Charlton on Saturday, and already the squad is getting ready to face Rotherham on Tuesday.

Steve Clarke will occupy the visitors’ dugout, and Neil Redfearn takes charge at New York Stadium for his first home game after replacing Steve Evans.  While Clarke is mindful of the unknown quantity of having a new manager in charge, he hopes that his charges can exert their own influence on the game.

“Rotherham will be a good test for the squad,” he said.  “We are a little bit stretched with injuries at the moment but you saw against Charlton that the quality I can bring into the team is excellent.  Hopefully we can go to Rotherham and keep our run going.

“Preparation-wise, it’s going to be slightly different.  Neil has just gone in there and we’ll have a look at what they did at Brentford and how they played and set up.  We’ll work from that game.

“Really it’s all about us.  We know what we can do and how we’re going to play, and if we can do that to the best of our ability, then hopefully we can bring back some more points.”

Likewise midfielder Aaron Tshibola is also keen to make sure that their preparation is correct with such a quick turnaround time.

“The preparation for the Rotherham game will be the same as always, so we need to make sure our recovery is right,” said Tish after the game against the Addicks on Saturday.  “It’s another tough game travelling up north in the midweek.

“There are no easy games in this league so it will be a difficult one for us.  We will have to be switched on.  We want to take the momentum we’ve got into the game and hopefully we can get a result.”

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