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"We're all working hard... hopefully our fortunes can change"

Garath McCleary says Royals have 'no excuses' ahead of busy run

13 December 2018

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Garath McCleary has said the Royals are continuing to put in in plenty of hard graft behind the scenes, in preparation for Saturday's match at Rotherham United.


"We're all determined to move forward"

12 December 2018

Scott Marshall continues to take the team in a caretaker role, with a visit to the New York Stadium awaiting the Royals this weekend.

With a new permanent manager yet to be appointed for the Royals, McCleary says the squad are simply focussing on the task at hand - three points on Saturday.

"There's still a bit of uncertainty, but Scott's been in on the training field, implementing his ways," he said. "He's got a set way of playing, we're working on that at the moment - it's been very hard, but very good as well.

"He's had a lot of success with the Under-23s, I played under him as well when I was coming back from my injury. 

"He's got a lot of respect from the boys, if he's in charge on Saturday then we'll be going into the game hoping for a win."

The Royals would leapfrog the Millers with victory in South Yorkshire this weekend, with Paul Warne's side drawing four of their last five games, showing their difficulty to break down - particularly at their home ground.

Rotherham have won 18 of their 21 Championship points this season on their own turf, and the challenge awaiting the Royals isn't lost on the winger.

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Man in the Middle - Rotherham (a)

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"We know with the Championship that every team is going to be hard to beat, every game is really tough. Going away to their stadium won't be the easiest of games, but as with every game we've played this season we'll be looking for a win.

"We're not too far behind them, we go into every game looking to pick up points and nothing changes with this one.

"We're all working hard in games and in training - every single day. Not just on the training field, in the gym too, behind the scenes everyone is working really hard as well.

"There's no let-up at the moment, hopefully our fortunes will change. We need to pick up points as soon as possible.

"There are no excuses here, we haven't been good enough but we'll be hoping to change that come Saturday.

"We've seen many times in the Championship that if you pick up points over Christmas, you could be right at the bottom at the beginning of December - and come the end you could be in mid-table, pushing towards the Play-Offs.

"We'll be looking for back-to-back wins, or at least to pick up points. The first game is on Saturday against Rotherham and hopefully we can pick up three points."

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