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Ulderink: Royals well prepared for Cardiff challenge

26 August 2016

Reading Assistant Manager eyes a return to winning ways in the league on Saturday...

Reading assistant manager Andries Ulderink says the team have been closely watching Cardiff City ahead of Saturday’s trip to the Welsh capital, with the Royals targeting a return to winning ways in the Sky Bet Championship.

“We’ve been looking at clips of Cardiff and have analysed the way they play. We are going to prepare as well as we possibly can to get a good result on Saturday,” said Ulderink

“Cardiff play a bit of a different system to some of the other teams we have played so far this year. It will be a big challenge for us but we are very confident that the team can get a good result in Wales.”

The Royals coach feels the team are progressing well with the new system Jaap Stam has implemented since arriving in the summer, but need to cut down on defensive errors to ensure they pick up the results most of this seasons’ performances have merited.

“We are working in a process and at the moment maybe we still need a few more weeks to get everyone used to the shape and how we want to press high up the pitch,” said the Dutchman.

“We want to make sure we don’t make mistakes in conceding the first goal early, we can’t give goals away so easily.

“It’s also about teaching the team how to take the initiative whilst in possession,” he continued. “It will take a little more time to get the absolute best out of them, but they are progressing well at the moment.”

Ulderink revealed the Reading manager is happy with the quality the Royals have shown so far this season, and feels the team will have to carry out the pre-match plans effectively in order to glean maximum points on Saturday.

“We are very confident about the quality of our squad. We want to go over there and dominate the ball like we do at home and try and dominate the game. In the majority of games so far this season we have made a lot of chances and had a lot of possession in the opponents half.

“It would be good to get a win over at Cardiff to get some more points on the table and that is what we are aiming to do.

“We are satisfied with the way things are going so far, but we could do with getting more points on the board, scoring more goals and killing teams off more effectively so we can sit on the bench a little easier!”

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