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“We’re putting all our energy and effort into Bristol City”

Reading boss Gomes on the Ashton Gate match

17 April 2019

A quick-fire pair of games over Easter; first a visit to Bristol City on Good Friday, and then a home match with West Bromwich Albion on Easter Monday. But there’s only one thing on the mind of manager José Gomes.

That is the next opportunity to register points, which comes at Ashton Gate. Not until the game against the Robins is over will the Reading boss put the Baggies into the crosshairs.

“We know that we have two very difficult games, but we can only think about one at a time,” Gomes said ahead of our Easter fixtures. “Now our focus is on Bristol City, and we’re ready for it.

“Our positive results give us confidence. But these results are part of the past. In Portugal, we say: ‘the ones who can live in the past are the museums’. We aren’t a museum – we’re a football team, and it’s game by game. So our focus must be on the next game.

“We have no time to lose by thinking about an opponent that isn’t the next one. We must put all our energy and all our effort into the next game.

“That’s what we have been doing until now, and hopefully we can get another positive result on Friday and the points that we need.”

Lee Johnson’s side continue to push for the Premier League; their adaptability is a key threat, according to the Royals boss.

But Reading are also versatile – and since Gomes’ arrival, they have displayed an attitude second to none.

“Bristol City have a very strong team,” José continued. “Good players, an aggressive midfield, and without changing any players they are able to change their system. They can go to 3-5-2, 4-4-2 or 4-3-3 with the same players. It’s one of their strongest points.

“Our players have been training well. I have intelligent players, and they can also play in different systems – like when they did well in the Norwich game.

“I am very pleased that my players are giving their maximum. It is our obligation to do so as professionals, but sometimes this doesn’t happen.

“Our players have been showing in important games that they really want to give everything to Reading, and to help the club to get to a safe position as quickly as possible.”

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