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José looks ahead to Hull test

Manager previews first away trip of new season

9 August 2019

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Royals manager, José Gomes says that his squad need to be vigilant against a Hull City side that can cause plenty of problems, ahead of Reading's trip to the KCOM Stadium this weekend.

The Royals were defeated 3-1 on their last visit to Humberside back in April, but will be giving everything for better fortunes this time around in Yorkshire.

There will be a different complexion to Reading's line-up this time, though, with nine new signings made in the summer transfer window that could potentially feature against Grant McCann's side.

Gomes is well aware of the test that lies in wait, however, and is planning meticulously for the weekend's fixture to try and bring three points back to Berkshire on Saturday evening.

"Hull are a balanced team," he said.

"They don’t give spaces between their lines, and their strongest points are exactly the same as last season.

"The way that they make offensive transitions – the opposition winger stays in the midfield line, waiting to receive the first ball for the counter-attack.

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"And the way that both wingers create chances – going in behind, coming inside and shooting – if we look at the number of goals and assists they got last season, they are very dangerous players, who are still playing with Hull.

"So we need to be careful and cover the spaces with our midfielders, read their intentions.

"If we do it, we will get the three points."

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