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"Momentum is what the Championship is about" - Ulderink

Assistant manager says the Royals are 'in a good place'

8 December 2017

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Andries Ulderink says the Royals are ready for the challenges brought by Cardiff City, when the high-flying Bluebirds visit Madejski Stadium on Monday.

Neil Warnock's side sit in the automatic promotion places prior to the weekend's action, and the Royals' assistant manager says our boys know what they can do themselves.

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He said: "We’re all aware of the strength of Cardiff. They have really good momentum now and they are a really good team. They are physically strong and play good football in moments.

"Sometimes they sit back and they’re dangerous on the counter attack – they score some easy goals.

"But we’re in a good place ourselves. We’ve had a couple of good wins, we’re getting on a good run and I think it’s going to be a challenging game on Monday.

"Momentum is what the Championship is about – before we came in, Reading had finished 17th and 19th, and then last season we were third. We’re ambitious as well and hopefully we can have a good December so that we can look towards the top ten and then the top six. That’s our goal."

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With the Royals not in action until Monday night rather than having a weekend fixture, Ulderink says the extra days to prepare will be of benefit to the squad heading into the busy run of Christmas fixtures.

"Everybody knows of Cardiff’s quality – we’re almost halfway through the season so everybody knows about the qualities they have. There’ll be no questions about underestimating the opponent. But we’re in the right place at the moment and the squad is getting stronger and stronger, and things are fitting more and more. We’re up for the game on Monday.

"After Sunderland, the players had a couple of days off – but now we’re preparing. We have a full week to prepare for this busy period, but I think every player likes this period because we all like to play these important games and everybody knows that the difference can be made to the table in this period.

"It will be a challenging game on Monday in our own stadium, and together with the fans we have to show that we are ready for that challenge."

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