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Ilori: “We’ve got an objective and we’re fighting for it"

Defender lauds Spain trip for team bonding heading into final stretch

23 February 2018

Tiago Ilori says the Royals can beat any team in the Championship when they're on form, which he hopes will happen when Derby County visit on Saturday.

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The Royals' centre-half says that there is no substitute for hard work as the Royals hope to climb the table in the final third of the season.

Reading won the reverse against the Rams 4-2 at Pride Park in November, with Saturday's visitors chasing automatic promotion from the Championship this season.

“I don’t think me or anyone else look at the game as though there is anything between the teams," he said. "We know we can beat any team in the league on our day.

“We just need to work hard and make sure we go in with a game plan, stick together and then we’ll come out with some points.

“The fans can do their part, their support always makes us play better as well!”

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Following an improved performance on Tuesday night after the Royals undertook a training camp in Spain, Ilori says the benefits were there to see on the pitch.

He believes the camp gave the chance to work hard and spend more time in the company of the squad - something which will only help as we prepare for the final months of the season.

On the camp, he added: “Spain was what we needed I guess, it was definitely a nice three or four days. The team bonded well, we got a lot of training sessions in and we know what we need to do.

“We’ve got an objective and we’re fighting for it.

“Personally, I don’t think we can work too hard for anything. If we can out-work other people then we’re going to beat them too and make our objectives.

“I think now we’ve got clear objectives in mind, we’ve been together for a few days away from Hogwood, our normal training ground.

“We’ve spoken together, we’ve worked together and we’re all pulling the same way.”

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