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Taylor expecting ‘intense’ week at Hogwood

24 March 2016

Left-back discusses the international weekend

While many members of the Reading team are around the world representing their countries, those that aren’t required for national-team duty will be putting in a full shift at the training ground, says Royals left-back Andrew Taylor.

Even though the team aren’t in action again until the trip to Bolton at the start of April, the remaining group will be working hard at Hogwood Park to ensure they are as ready as they can be for the run-in over the final nine games.

“It’s great for the boys that are going away as internationals – it’s fantastic experience for them and hopefully they will be able to bring their confidence back and help kick us on for the last nine games,” said Taylor.

“We will have a good week’s training; not all the boys are here because a few of them are away with their countries – but it’ll be intense.

“We will work on things that the manager and the coaches want the team to do, and hopefully we’ll get a good week or ten days’ training in.”

The absence of a match will offer a small window for respite for the team; however Taylor is already itching to get back out to competitive action after the break.

“We will have a few days off next weekend – I’m going to go back home and see my family because I’ve not been home in a while,” explained the Hartlepool-born man.  “I’m getting married in the summer as well so there’s a lot of things that I’ve got to do – suit fittings and things!

“But then we’ll be back in – all the boys that are out on international duty will come back and we’ll get in the mindset for Saturday and hopefully get three points at Bolton.

“We all want to win as many games as we can, and hopefully this little break that we’re having will help us to do that.”

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