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“Draws keep you where you are; it’s wins that take you up the table”

Manager previews QPR fixture

23 December 2019

A winning start to the Christmas week against Derby County last time out – and now the chance to make it consecutive wins when we play Queens Park Rangers on Boxing Day.

The Royals can go within three points of Rangers on Thursday, should they be victorious. That’s the ambition for Mark Bowen and his team.

“Back to back wins is important,” said the Reading boss. “We’ve got the first one. Now we’re focused on another home game against Queens Park Rangers and trying to get the same outcome.

“Getting a draw, putting one point on the board, keeps you where you are. It’s winning games that takes you up the table and that’s what we’re trying to do.

“We’ve got to keep winning games, keep pushing up the table. We have a game in hand as well – which means nothing unless you turn it into a win – and we have had a good start to the Christmas week. But that’s all it is: a start.

“I told the guys: not too many Quality Street, and lay off the mince pies. We have a big game here on Boxing Day against QPR.

“We will train on Christmas morning, and then on Boxing Day we’ll do some light work in the morning, have lunch, relax in the afternoon and get ready for the evening kick-off.”

Andy Yiadom and George Pușcaș remain sidelined for the meantime, but the boss gave his updates on the availability of a defensive duo after missing matches recently.

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He continued: “Jordan Obita is fit and available – he didn’t have a lot of training under his belt going into the Barnsley game and he found it a bit difficult going into the second half, so I’ve given him a bit of time to get some good, solid work in and put himself into the frame for the Queens Park Rangers game and the games after that.

“Matt Miazga trained on Friday – I could have put him on the bench on Saturday but if someone had got injured, he could be on really early and I didn’t want to find myself in a situation over the Christmas period where players are sore and aching because of a lack of minutes on the training ground. I was conscious of that with John Swift as well. I want them to be available in the coming weeks for the four games in ten games we have coming up.”

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