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"We go to Villa with belief"

Royals boss looks ahead to the tough prospect of a second away game within three days...

24 August 2018

The team bus rolled back into Berkshire in the early hours of Thursday morning and the players will be back in their seats today for a shorter trip up to Villa Park.

And after picking up the first point of the season on the road in miwdweek, Royals boss Paul Clement is looking to add to that tally when we take on Aston Villa on Saturday.

"It is going to be a really tough game, but we’re going to go there with belief and with the aim of getting something out of the game," he said.

"We’ll really try to win it. If we don’t, we’ll try to not lose it and get at least another point on the board. And then, looking beyond that, we’re back at home for two games on the spin which I’m looking forward to.

"We got straight onto the bus after the game, headed straight back down to Reading and then we were immediately into recovery mode.


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"It was a quick turnaround, with some video work and now we’ll go again.

"As I said, it’s a tough game. But every game is so tough. Every game is so competitive and we don’t expect any different on Saturday.

"And I’m sure they won’t be expecting an easy ride from us either. It’s a hard game for us. A hard game for them.

"This team will get better and better. We'll keep working hard for what we want. And we'll never give in. They are the messages I’m sending to these players."

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24 August 2018

The Royals were without centre-back Tiago Ilori for the draw at Ewood Park and his availability will be assessed today ahead of this weekend's encounter.

"He started training on Monday but felt some discomfort in the thigh," Clement said. "So we got it looked at and there is a slight injury there but nothing major.

"Hopefully we’ll see a quick turn around... whether this weekend is achievable, we’re not sure yet, but we’ll make a judgement.

"I had some good options on Wednesday though. Aluko was back in the eleven, we had Sims making his debut, Modou coming on, McNulty came on and we still had Meyler, Swift and O’Shea as options on the bench. That’s what you want in your squad."

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