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Taylor talks Terriers ahead of FA Cup clash

19 January 2016

Royals full-back looks to bounce back in tonight's third round replay

Royals full-back Andrew Taylor is focused on getting back to winning ways this evening in Reading’s FA Cup replay with Huddersfield Town.

“After losing it’s a good thing we’ve got a game so quickly; it gives us a chance to try and put things right,” said Taylor.

Reading, who drew 2-2 in Yorkshire with the Terriers, will meet League 1 outfit Walsall at Madejski Stadium in the fourth round if they can see off their Championship opponents tonight, but Taylor is not getting ahead of himself - and insists the team is focused on the here and now.

“When the draw was made, we all saw it - but we know that we have a job to do against Huddersfield first.  We know they’re a good side, we saw that last weekend and we know they will give us a test at the Madejski.

“We’ve got to approach the game in the right frame of mind; obviously everybody dreams of a fairy-tale run when going into a cup, like making it to the semi-final or final, but you’ve got to take it one game at a time.”

Reading had their most successful ever FA Cup run in 2015, reaching the semi-final and only losing out in extra time to eventual winners Arsenal.  Taylor, who has his own history in cup competitions by reaching the same stage in the FA Cup with boyhood club Middlesbrough (as well as receiving a runners-ups medals for a UEFA Cup run with Boro and in the Carling Cup with Cardiff), feels a cup run could help create a positive atmosphere in the dressing room.

“I’ve played in an FA Cup semi-final with Middlesbrough; from when you’re a kid the cup is always special and its bred into you, when you’re young and love football you love the FA Cup, there’s something magical about it.

“We know as a team we want to progress and that starts against Huddersfield.  Cup runs, and wins, do incredible things for a team’s spirit.  If we can start by winning against Huddersfield then hopefully that will have a knock on effect in the league too.”

The 29-year-old is looking forward to a return to the Madejski after three away games in the space of eight days, and is relishing being back in front of the Royals faithful.

“Having had three away games in a row with a lot of travelling, we’d like to thank all the fans that have been to the away games and supported us.  It will be nice to be back home and hopefully put in a good performance at the Madejski to progress to the next round.” 

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