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McCleary: “It's up to us to change our away fortunes”

9 March 2017

Reading winger looks ahead to Saturday's fixture at Deepdale

Royals winger Garath McCleary says it is up to the team to turn around their fortunes away from home this weekend when Reading make the trip to Lancashire to face Preston North End in the Sky Bet Championship.

After a good performance at home to top of the league Newcastle on Tuesday night, McCleary is hoping the team can use the display as a springboard to another good result, this time on the road.

“It would be good to take points from Preston this weekend and keep the position that we’ve got in the league,” admitted McCleary.

“It’s up to us to go away to Preston and change our away fortunes, there is no better place to start that than at Deepdale.”

Preston have picked up some strong results of late and are a side transformed from the one that faced the Royals at Madejski Stadium earlier in the season.

Following the clash with North End the Royals will have a number of key matches with other promotion hopefuls either side of the international break. McCleary feels it could be a key point in the squad’s season.

“Preston are in and amongst it in terms of results,” said the Jamaican international.  “We’ve got a lot of games after that against teams that are in and around us in the table. It would be very good for us to take points from them.

“After the Preston and Sheffield Wednesday games there is the international break, and especially for those of us not going on duty it will be a good opportunity to have a bit of down time.

“It is important that we make the most of that rest,” he continued. “Because after that the games will come thick and fast.”

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