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Miazga | "Training has been very intense"

Defender looks ahead to vital home tie

22 February 2019

Matt Miazga says the Royals have been putting in the hard yards at Hogwood this week, to make sure they are in prime condition to take on Rotherham United this weekend.

It's a match that manager, José Gomes has described as the biggest of the season so far for Reading, and that message has been taken on board by the squad with three crucial points at stake on Saturday.

Miazga has started every match for which he has been available for the Royals so far since joining on loan from Chelsea in January, and he has been impressed with what he has seen in his few weeks as a Royal to date.

"Training has been very good - very intense, and we've been working very hard," he said.

"We're excited for the game on Saturday, taking it day by day and we're ready to go - focussed and prepared.

"I'm enjoying it here, everyone here has been very welcoming, the lads have been very good with me, as well as the staff.

"I just want to continue to do my best here and help the club. It's a new league for me, I've been playing regularly so I've been enjoying it - we had a good start but, obviously, we had a down last weekend against Sheffield United.

"But that's football, we have to bounce back and we have a good opportunity ahead of us on Saturday, with a big challenge.

"You have got to learn to bounce back - that's what good football teams do. We want to put the past behind us and keep moving forward, we've had a good week's training and we all know the importance of the game on Saturday. We're looking forward to it."

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Reading and Rotherham are separated only by goal difference in the Championship table as it stands, with the winner able to potentially put a gap between themselves and the bottom three.

The Millers pose a unique challenge in the Championship, with a physical, direct style that Miazga believes the Royals are capable of managing.

"We know they're on the same amount of points as us, they're a fighting team who like to get the ball forward as soon as possible," he elaborated.

"We'll be ready for them, but at the end of the day it doesn't really matter what they do - our main focus is us - the way we play, the effort we put in and the mentality we have at the beginning of the game.

"We're at home as well so we know we'll have our great fans behind us, to push us and support us. We're focussed on ourselves, playing the football we know we can play to get the three points.

"I think we have the players to deal with anything. We're all professionals, we're all able to adapt and preparing well in training, getting ready for Saturday."

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