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Norwood keen to keep intensity high against Dons

16 January 2016

Royals midfielder looks ahead to Satuday's trip to stadium:mk

Midfielder Oliver Norwood is looking for the Royals to visit MK Dons with a high intensity on Saturday and wants to replicate the performance which earned Reading a point away at high flying Derby in midweek.

“We’ve got to replicate the performance we made against Derby and match that intensity,” said Norwood.

“We know MK Dons are a very good outfit, they pass the ball around well, they did that at the Madejski earlier on in the season, so we’ve got to go there and match the way we played on Tuesday night.”

Reading have had a positive start to the new year and are unbeaten so far in 2016, something that Norwood hopes the team can continue this weekend.

The Dons suffered a 5-0 home defeat at the hands of Burnley on Tuesday evening, and the Northern Ireland international is keen for Reading to stop the home side from bouncing back when the blue and white hoops visit stadium:mk.

“There is a good feeling around the training ground and we want to carry on the momentum,” Norwood continued.  “We’re unbeaten in 2016 and we want to carry that on when we go to MK Dons and hopefully come away with all three points.

“They will be hurting after their 5-0 loss and they’ll be looking to bounce back from that and put things right.  We’ve got to go there and stop them from doing that by having a high intensity right from the start and capitalise on the fact that they did lose so heavily in midweek.”

In the absence of club captain Paul McShane through injury, Brian McDermott has entrusted Norwood with the armband: an honour that the midfielder is wearing with pride.

“I found out about the captain’s armband a couple of days before the Huddersfield game,” he explained.  “The gaffer pulled me to one side and asked me how I felt about taking the responsibility for the next couple of games whilst Macca was out. 

“It’s a great honour to have the armband and captain a club like Reading.  But there are a lot of leaders in that dressing room, which helps.”

Over 2,500 away tickets have been sold so far for Reading’s trip to Milton Keynes, something 24-year-old was quick to praise, describing how appreciative the players are of the fans’ loyal support so far this season. 

“The fans have been fantastic this season, they have stuck by us even through some frustrating times this season, we haven’t picked up result and a couple of performances haven’t been good enough but we’ve kept going and working hard,” Norwood commented.

“I think they appreciate that and appreciate the fact that no one’s giving up or feeling sorry for themselves.  Ten points off the play-offs seems a lot, but with the amount of games in this league we could make up that gap pretty quickly, starting with this weekend’s game against MK Dons.  It would be great to get a result in front of such a big away following.”

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