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Andries anticipating ‘very big challenge’ against league leaders

22 September 2016

Assistant manager expecting a testing meeting with Huddersfield

Assistant manager Andries Ulderink believes Saturday’s opponents Huddersfield will be a real test for the Royals, who are looking to extend their run of seven games unbeaten.

The Terriers, under the stewardship of David Wagner, sit top of the Sky Bet Championship table with an impressive 19 points from their opening eight games. Ulderink says the Royals will have to continue their hard work on and off the pitch going if they are going to take something from the match.  

“Saturday will be a very big challenge at home in our own stadium,” admitted Ulderink. “We’ve got a couple of days to prepare the boys for it. One thing is for sure, we’re going to give 100 percent again in the game.

“At this moment it is great to see how much work everyone it putting in, in the games and the training sessions. We’re very pleased with what the team are doing on and off the field but it’s only the beginning of September and a long way until the end of the season, so we have to keep this up.”

The Dutchman says preparation for the match is well underway, and with Huddersfield’s style of football, he is expecting an intriguing encounter at Madejski Stadium in a meeting of two teams that like to play with the ball on the floor.
“We’ve seen some clips of Huddersfield already and they’re very strong up front,” said Andries. “They also try to play football from the back and they’re a very strong side so it will be a big test.

“I always seem to say before and after games about the next match being a challenge, so it shows you how many difficult games we have had already. It’s very important that we keep it up, especially with the football we are playing and the ideas we have for the team.
“We’re still making steps,” he continued. “We’re still improving and at this moment we are satisfied with how things are progressing but we’ve still got a long way to go.”

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