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Beerens: ‘We have to stay sharp’

4 October 2016

Royals winger wants squad to hit the ground running after international break

Reading midfielder Roy Beerens wants to stay focussed over the international break to ensure the team are ready to hit the ground running in the league when it gets underway again on the 15th of October.

The Dutch winger says he likes the consistency of the games in the Championship, but recognises the international break can be a good opportunity for some members on the squad - not on national duty - to recharge their batteries before the next batch of fixtures.

“We have to stay sharp,” said Beerens. “We will have a couple of days off but we have to make sure we train sharp and make sure we are well prepared for the next game against QPR. 

“I’m the kind of player that likes to stay in the rhythm of things but for the squad I think it is good to have a short break from games. A lot of the squad have gone on national duty, we will train a lot and train hard as normal.”

The wide-man has learned a lot about the Championship since his arrival in Berkshire this summer and feels the Royals have a competitive squad that has coped well with the twists and turns of the Championship campaign so far.

“Every game in this league is really tough, I’ve learned that since I’ve arrived,” admitted the Dutchman. “You can beat everybody but you can also lose, so we have to be prepared for the upcoming games. We want to achieve something so we have to keep on going.

“We have a big squad with a lot of talented players. Everybody can play and everyone has to be sharp for their own place. We all work with each other and it is not down to the individual player.”

The attacker was satisfied with the result against Derby after a difficult second half for the Royals that saw the Rams take the lead, before a late George Evans strike saved a point for the home side.

The Derby ascendancy in the second period was in stark contrast to before the break, when Beerens felt Reading were well in control. 

“In the first half we controlled the game and they didn’t have many chances,” Roy reflected.  “In the second half they started quicker and were the better team, but in the end either team could have won that game and that is the way this league is.

“In the first half we created some chances and were the better team. We were not as good in the second half, and looking at that, we should be happy with a draw because Derby had the better chances.

“We hope we can get the fans behind us in the times that we need them,” he continued. “We have a lot of confidence and for most of this season we have played well but we know we have things we've got to work on and improve.”

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