A trip to Hillsborough up next for José Gomes and the Royals. Another chance to get points on the board in their quest to guaranteeing a place in the Sky Bet Championship next year.
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They’ll meet Steve Bruce’s side, who have back-to-back league wins. With more games around the corner, all the focus remains on the next task at hand.
“It will be one more difficult game, against one more difficult team,” José said. “They have good players and they are a tough team.
“Steve Bruce has a strong CV and he is a good manager. He has a good team there and it’s sure to be a tough match.
“But we will fight for the three points. That is what we must do – fight. We will do it.
“The signs that the players have been giving to us have been very good. It’s not just my words or my eyes – it is what we can see in the stats as well.
“We have more of the ball, completing more passes. The players are trying to do the right things. We are also shooting at goal more often but our goal average has reduced – we must score more. We have to put the ball in the net to get the results that we want.
“We need to win. If we win, we will get closer to being in a safe position. That’s what we hope and what we are trying to do this Saturday.
“And we will put all of our focus on the next game. We cannot split our focus to the next two or three games – we have to put all of our focus on the next game, which is against a good team with an experienced manager. It’ll be a tough game for us and we’ll make it a tough game for them.”
Team selection could depend on how some players recover from bouts of illness suffered this week, as well the facial injury that Nélson Oliveira suffered.
“Regarding availability, we have had two players sick – Garath McCleary and Ovie Ejaria have been ill but hopefully they will be available to come with us to the game.
“And of course we have the serious injury to Nélson Oliveira.”