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"We go to Villa with belief"

Manager sets his sights on a Tuesday night under the lights at Villa Park...

1 April 2018

A 'massive eight games' began with a win for Paul Clement but soon after the final whistle had sounded at Madejski Stadium on Friday night, the Royals boss was turning his attentions to a midweek trip to Villa Park.

"Our belief is that we can go there and win and we’ll be doing our very best to do that," Clement said.

"You have to move on quickly in the Championship," he continued. "In this division, you often play Saturday to Tuesday and, in this case, it's Friday to Tuesday, so we’ll have an extra day of recovery while Villa play on Saturday.

"And we’ll focus and prepare properly. The players were back on the training ground on Saturday, looking at the game on the video, looking in depth at Aston Villa and we were training the players who didn't play on Friday.

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"And all the focus now is on moving forward and trying to get a positive result in Birmingham.

"Every game is difficult and Villa are a good side, but anything can happen in this league. QPR went there and won 3-1 recently, so we go there with belief.

"And it's massive. We've got seven games, 21 points to play for. The gap was six after the game on Friday night but Birmingham played yesterday and that gap can close very quickly.

"We focused on QPR, now we'll focus on Aston Villa - a team up towards the top of the table whoe want to secure that playoff place - and there's still time for them to do even better than that.

"But I've been invoved with teams who have been on a losing run and who haven't been playing well and it takes its toll on players. So Friday night's win will be a big lift for the players...and why can't we get a positive result on Tuesday? I think we can."

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