After our 0-0 draw at Wigan at the weekend, rather than making the long trip back to Berkshire, the Royals squad are stopping for a few days in the north of England for some time training together before swapping Lancashire for Yorkshire when we meet Leeds this Tuesday.
“We’re staying up north – that extra energy can get sapped by travelling back late, training the next day and having to travel again,” said manager Paul Clement. “We don’t have to do that – we’ll be based up here.
“We’ll have a couple of good days of training up here and then move across to Leeds on Monday afternoon.
“We would have been disappointed if we had lost against Wigan. We didn’t win either so we can’t get too excited, but we’ll go back to the hotel and get some rest in and get straight into the training to focus on the next game, against Leeds.”
Meeting a team that are chasing top spot in the table under the Elland Road floodlights will be a game to savour – Clement hopes that the atmosphere will bring the best out of his team.
“These are the games to get really excited about and get the juices flowing,” he continued. “We’re going to a good side, who have an experienced manager and passionate supporters.
“That stadium will be virtually full, and we’re live on TV as well. It’s fantastic motivation to do really well. It’s a brilliant game to look forward to… we’ll go there and do our very best!”