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G: “We’re expecting a battle, and hoping for a win”

20 January 2017

Winger previews Pride Park visit

Despite Saturday’s host Derby having lost each of their last two league fixtures, Reading forward Garath McCleary knows that the Royals will be in for a battle against a threatening side this weekend.

“They’re a team that have been very much in form this season,” said the Royals wide-man.  “They are a strong team with very good players throughout their squad, so it’ll be a tough game. 

“But many games in this league are tough.  Anyone can beat anyone in this league, as they have found out recently, and as have we.  So it’ll be a tough game.  It’ll be two teams that will go out looking for the win.

“We have been dangerous – we have conceded a few goals recently, but throughout the season we’ve put in strong performances.  We’re expecting a battle and hoping for a win.

“It will be a good game between two teams that like to pass the ball.  Hopefully it’ll be a bit more open and an entertaining game for the fans to come and see.”

After the visit to 7th-placed Derby, we host Fulham who currently lie in 8th for our rearranged game.

“Derby and Fulham are two teams that are in and around it – so for us it would be good for them not to take points from us for hopefully we can further the gap,” McCleary continued.

“Christmas has been a tough period, so to have the extra week for the gaffer to implement his ways and how he wants us to play against Derby is good for us.  There are a lot of games coming up, and everyone is chomping at the bit and can’t wait to get out there.

“We’ve seen a bit of Derby and we know we’ll have to be at 100% – but that’s always the case.”

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