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“Whatever they decide to do, we’ll be ready”

19 September 2015

Royals boss prepared for Bristol City challenge

Reading visit Bristol City at Ashton Gate on Saturday, and Royals boss Steve Clarke feels his side will be prepared for whatever approach the hosts make to the game.

The Robins – who were promoted as champions of League 1 last year – have the second-leakiest defence so far this Championship campaign and currently occupy a relegation spot in the early running.  Regardless of what tack they take, the Reading manager feels his side will be prepared to meet the challenge.

“I’ve seen Bristol City live earlier in the season – it was a very open game against Brentford and they conceded four goals, and scored two.  They looked a threat going forward but they conceded a few, so I don’t know whether Steve Cotterill will want to tighten it up a bit this week, or whether they’ll want to have another open game,” Clarke explained.

“I know their system and how they play.  I know Steve Cotterill’s teams are always very energetic and hard-working.  They have been playing quite open and scored and few and conceded a few, so it’ll be interesting to see if Steve sticks with that philosophy or try to tighten it up a bit.

“Whatever they decide to do, we’ll be ready.  We’ll go there positive and we’ll look to start a new run of games where we don’t lose again.  The Championship is a tough division – wherever you go, it’s going to be hard – and it’ll be no different in Bristol.  But we’ll be ready for the challenge.”

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