Assistant manager previews a visit to MolineuxSaturday will be the first time that Jaap Stam’s Royals have taken to the road in 2016/17 – and his assistant Andries Ulderink is confident that they can continue their early-season performance levels when they visit Molineux on Saturday.
There they will line up against a Wolverhampton Wanderers side who began their season at Rotherham and rescued a point after falling two goals behind and seeing Dominic Iorfa sent off. From there, we visit Newcastle’s iconic St James’ Park next Wednesday, and end the month with a visit to South Wales to visit Cardiff City.
“There will be a lot of pressure on Wolves, because they switched their manager just before the start of the season,” said Andries of the Midland club who were bought by Chinese consortium Fosun International – and then appointed former Italy international Walter Zenga on the eve of the season. “But it will also be a tough game for them. We want to keep on moving.
“You see that a lot of players get in mind what we want in a game – we want to dominate that game; when we don’t have the ball we want to give quick pressure, and when we have the ball we want to keep it for a long time.
“I think we are improving in that a lot. It is going to be a very interesting game and I’m looking forward to it.
“I’m also curious to see whether the team can do the same in an away game as we did in the first two home games. It is a big challenge to see how we perform, but I have got a lot of confidence that the team can do that.
“We’re looking forward to playing the game and after that we have some more interesting games. August is a very tough month – we have had a few late signings and players that joined us late after the Euros, so not everybody is playing at 100 per cent fitness as we would like.
“But we are always improving and hopefully soon we can get the sort of level that we had in the Preston game for 95 minutes.”
With no new injuries to speak of, UIderink also hopes to have some more players available after the midweek win against Plymouth as some of the sidelined players continue their recovery.
“I think most players came out of the game against Plymouth very well and we didn’t get any new injuries,” he explained. “So some players will join in with the group in our training sessions.
“Hopefully some players will come back from injury and be available for the game against Wolves on Saturday and the rest of this month. And who knows, maybe some new signings would be nice as well to give the squad a bit more numbers.”