In last year’s FA Cup, we had a plum draw against Manchester United in our first fixture – although it didn’t give us the greatest odds on progressing.
But this time around we’ve overturned Stevenage and now visit divisional rivals Sheffield Wednesday in round four – the prospect of getting our names into the hat for round five, where we would fight for a quarter-final place, is a possibility.
And that’s an exciting idea for Andries Ulderink, the Royals’ assistant manager.
“We know how the FA Cup works and the kinds of opponents you can get – the closer you get towards the quarter-final or semi-final, the more excited everyone gets!” he said.
“Everyone knows that there are always surprises – so why not for us in this year’s FA Cup?
“The squad is looking really fit and bright this week, so hopefully we can get a run and begin a positive run.”
Indeed, a win would be welcome – a chance to build some momentum to take back to the Championship with a few more important games coming up.
“We have been waiting for a win – and you can choose to be disappointed and down, or you can cheer up, talk about it and work together,” Ulderink continued. “I have to give the players a big compliment in how they get behind it.
“Everybody is desperate for a good result to try and make a positive run, and we’re still confident in the players and how they work. We have to keep working hard as staff and players to turn things around.”