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Edwards says fine margins cost Royals

Midfielder hopes to get the job done in Madejski replay

7 January 2018

Dave Edwards stressed the importance of staying in the hat as the Royals were taken to a replay with a 0-0 draw at League Two Stevenage.

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With a tricky playing surface at the Lamex and a tough battle against Darren Sarll's side, Edwards said he hopes for a strong cup run with the Royals in the competition.

On staying in the FA Cup, he says: "It's very important. It was always going to be a difficult game with the run we're on at the moment and the pressure that's on us.

"I thought it was important that we came here and didn't lose. Obviously we're disappointed that we didn't win, we're expected to win these type of games.

"Fair play to Stevenage, they were very good, they were up for it, you could tell that. These are games which we should be winning but at least we got a clean sheet and we can play them back at the Madejski."

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With the replay at Madejski Stadium set to take place in the week commencing Monday 15th January, the Royals will find out their possible Fourth Round opponents in Monday night's draw.

Despite sitting two divisions above Saturday's opponents, Edwards believes the FA Cup is an equaliser between the teams on the day, with the best team over 90 minutes coming out on top.

"When you come to these places and it's a blustery wind in early January, bad pitch and things like that, especially the way we try and play football, it was always going to be difficult.

"I think at times we showed character, but we had quite a few chances in the first half where our final ball wasn't quite good enough.

"If we could have got that final ball right and got a goal, it would have really forced them to come at us and hopefully we'd have been able to pick them off."

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Edwards also called upon past experiences in the FA Cup where he has been on the wrong end of an upset, and it's something he was keen to avoid at the Lamex on Saturday.

"I've been to games like this before and lost, it's the worst feeling in the world," he added.

"When I was at Shrewsbury, we went to Histon away and lost 2-0. The last thing you want to do is lose a game of football, so we've still got everything to play for."

Tickets for the replay at Madejski Stadium are on sale online now, with £10 being the highest price for a place in RG2 for this FA Cup tie.


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