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Moore aims to maintain 'fortress' status at Madejski

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8 August 2017

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Liam Moore is wanting to ensure the Royals have another sterling home campaign at Madejski Stadium, beginning in the Carabao Cup this evening.

This will the first of three home games in the space of a week for Moore and his team-mates, with tonight being the first chance to see Jaap Stam's side at home this season.

Speaking about the need to win games early on in the season, Moore said: "We’ve got a cup game to look forward to, back at the Madejski for the first time, obviously that’s a positive note.

"You have games where we do better and win games, it’s all about finding that balance and that’s what we need to do."

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With just 16 goals conceded and two losses in the whole of last season at Madejski Stadium, Moore hopes for another home campaign in the same mould as last season, starting in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night. 

"It was a bit of a fortress for us last year, we picked up a lot of points there last year and we hope to do the same again this year.

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"The playing surface is going to be far improved, it could help us a lot but obviously it’s down to the commitment, down to the work rate then it’s down to the performance on the day.

"There’s no such thing as a fortress if you’re not going to put in the hard yards and we need to do that."

With three consecutive home games in RG2 starting against Gillingham tonight, Moore says our Carabao Cup first round tie represents a good chance to get back into the winning habit ahead of Saturday's Championship clash against Fulham. 

"It’s all about momentum, we were lucky last year to have a few nice away trips in the cup.

"But it’s about momentum and getting that feeling back, something I tried to mention to the boys in the dressing room.

"It’s great when you’re winning, you get into a rhythm and you’re winning pretty much without thinking about it when it’s coming game after game, the sooner we can get into that stride the better."

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