Clarke previews visit to Craven CottageReading boss Steve Clarke is hopeful of accruing more points this weekend in the 1.30pm kick-off away at Fulham – the Royals have four wins and a draw from the last five games, and he has his sights set on taking another maximum return from Craven Cottage.
But it is sure to be another tough encounter against Kit Symons’ charges. The Cottagers, who like Reading also drew 1-1 in midweek against a side sporting a new manager, have had a few noteworthy results this season – none more so than a 4-0 demolition of West London rivals QPR last month.
“It’s another away game in the Championship, so we know what to expect – a difficult afternoon,” said Clarke ahead of the weekend’s visit.
“We were pleased to bring a point back from Rotherham because it was a tough game for us. The team did well to get a point out of the game and we look to build on that on Saturday.
“I sent Steven Reid to watch Fulham last night; I’ve already seen Fulham live myself twice this season so I know what they’re about and how they play.
“They have got some good footballers in their team and some dangerous players up front, and it’ll be another big test for us. But like I’ve said before, there are no easy games in the Championship. If you look at the games across the last couple of days, there are a lot of difficult places to go and the Cottage is no exception.”
We are set to see our biggest away following of the season to date on Saturday – the 3,898 allocation has almost been sold out, as the Royals supporters look to set up camp in West London.
“When you come out at Rotherham and you see almost 500 people making that journey on a Tuesday night – it’s a long way to go, and it’s even worse on the way back because the people that control the roads in this country seem to like to close all the motorways!” said the manager.
“So it makes it a long journey back and we appreciate every single one of those supporters that go home and away and give us backing all the time.
“It’s not so far against Fulham – I remember the game last season when we played very well and unfortunately we got sucker-punched with a last-minute goal that took the points away from us. But the crowd that day were fantastic and if we can be half as good at the weekend, it should be a good occasion.”