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"The most important thing is the result" - Clement

Manager wants to secure safety this weekend

27 April 2018

"A win, and it's done."

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The message from Paul Clement ahead of a crucial game against Ipswich Town on Saturday is simple, but vitally important nonetheless.

A victory against Town would see the Royals safe in the Championship for another season with a weekend to spare, with Reading currently five points above the relegation zone with two matches remaining.

With results in midweek going the Royals' way, Clement hopes to translate the team's motivation into a good result on Saturday afternoon.

"We've had motivation in the last two games to try and get over the line and secure our status," he said. "One was against Sunderland, then a more difficult test away against Sheffield Wednesday.

"We've got to stop turning down these opportunities to get over the line and we have a fantastic opportunity now against Ipswich. If we get a good result, we're more than likely going to be okay for next season."

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With a week-long gap between games, Clement has enjoyed the time he has managed to spend on the training pitch with the Royals this week.

"Every moment you get on the training ground is an opportunity to improve the team," he continued. "We've prepared thoroughly, we've had good sessions this week, some video meetings as well where we look at ourselves and the opposition - we always do that.

"I think this has also been about reflecting on last Saturday and saying the performance was not what we expect, not what our fans expect, and we need to do a lot better this Saturday.

"We want to finish off with two wins, Ipswich and then Cardiff away - that's the objective. Let's start off with the home game, it would be a great way to finish the season at the Madejski with a win.

"In the last three games there we've picked up positive results, two wins and a draw is good. We want to keep the form going at home, I hope the fans turn up in numbers to support the team, get over this final hurdle, and then we can look forward to next season."


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