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"Everybody's really geared up" - Böðvarsson

Royals are prepared for Cardiff challenge, says striker

3 May 2018

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Jón Daði Böðvarsson says the Royals are preparing themselves for one final battle this season, away at promotion hopefuls, Cardiff City.

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It's a massive game for both sides, with the Bluebirds able to secure automatic promotion to the Premier League with victory against the Royals. Meanwhile, Paul Clement's side are aiming to guarantee Championship survival with victory at the Cardiff City Stadium.

With all eyes on this weekend, Böðvarsson says the Royals, backed by a sizeable away following, are raring to go in Wales on Sunday lunchtime.

“The mood is as good as it can be," he said. "We had a day off to think about Ipswich, it wasn’t a fun day off to be fair, it was a tough day. Not just for the players, but for everyone involved at Reading Football Club.

“But life goes on, football goes on, we’re still in a battle and we have a chance to try and do the best of it in the weekend’s game against Cardiff.

“I think everybody’s really geared up, working really hard, it’s a massive reality check in this game because there’s a lot at stake – everybody knows that in the back of their heads.

“Everybody’s pushing really hard in this training week, we have to keep on doing that and prepare ourselves for a really tough game against Cardiff."

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With several other teams in contention for survival at the weekend, Böðvarsson and the rest of the squad know that danger is just around the corner if they take their eyes off the ball at the weekend.

Just 90 minutes remain of the league season for the Royals, and the Iceland striker knows what's at stake for the squad on Sunday.

“Everybody knows that you can’t slack off, you can’t relax and everybody is wanting to work really hard for each other in the next game.

“Obviously there’s a lot at stake for both clubs. They have the chance to promote to the Premier League, while we have to get at least a point to stay in the league.

“It will be a very, very tough game for both parties really. Cardiff have been fantastic this season, in second place deservedly, we know that.

“Everybody’s prepared for a really tough battle on the field.”

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