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Van den Berg prepared for gritty Ipswich contest

9 September 2016

Joey says Reading will be up for a battle to take the points against the Tractor Boys

Reading’s Joey van den Berg is prepared for a physical challenge against Ipswich on Friday evening and feels the team have shown their ability to combine dominant possession football with the grit needed to produce results in the Championship.

The 30-year-old thinks the Royals' last two performances in the Championship have been a good example of this, coming from behind to draw against high-flyers Brighton, before earning a 1-0 win on the road in Cardiff last time out.   

“We need to be ready for a physical test,” admitted Van den Berg. “We know there are no weak teams in this league. We won’t be taking the foot of the gas and being easy with Ipswich, and if we are we have to be sharp with each other and prepare ourselves for it.

“I think our match against Brighton was a good example of us fighting back and keeping going and believing in what we are doing.

“It is not always about pretty football and nice football,” he continued. “You can have the ball, but sometimes you have to make those tackles and get physical with the opposition.”

The Dutchman says the team have taken great heart from the three points earned at the Cardiff City Stadium, and thinks the team need to take that style of play into the coming few fixtures.

“The win against Cardiff was good for our confidence and showed us that the hard work we put in pre-season is paying off,” reflected the midfielder. “I think during the first few matches we have been a little bit unlucky, so it was great to get a win and have a clean sheet. I hope we can take a lot of confidence out of that performance for the next few games.

“We have to be prepared to run and kick and do whatever we have to do to get that victory, I think we have that side to us too and we’ll be ready to do that on Friday night.”

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