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"You cannot find any easy game in the Championship"

José Gomes on Ipswich test

28 February 2019

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José Gomes gave his thoughts ahead of a vital clash against Ipswich Town this weekend, with the Championship's bottom club hoping to claw their way back towards safety.

The Royals themselves go into the weekend off the back of just one defeat in their last six matches, currently sitting outside the bottom three on goal difference.

Boss Gomes says that Reading need to keep up the good work they have shown in patches during games throughout the entire 90 minutes, to bring three points home to Berkshire this weekend.

“The result is the most important thing, we definitely need to win games," Gomes stated.

"We are in a better position than we were before, a bigger distance from the bottom two teams and shorter distance from the teams above us.

“We just need to win and reduce this distance to these teams above us. The way the players have been working, it has been on small details in games and we’ve been working on it during the week.

“It’s about keeping the way we are playing, it doesn’t matter if you’re winning or drawing, you need to keep on playing, creating goal situations and playing positive football through all the game. This was the key point of this week."

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Focus quickly turned to bottom side, Ipswich Town, who the Royals will visit this weekend. Paul Lambert's side have picked up draws in each of their last three matches in the Championship, slowly but surely picking up their form.

“You cannot find any easy game in the Championship. Ipswich last week, even with one less player from the 25th minute, they drew," Gomes warned.

“It’ll be one more tough game against a team that started the season, until they played Aston Villa, playing a passing style of football from behind with good quality, but they didn’t get the points they were expecting.

“In the last four matches they’ve changed their style a lot, with this change they have a big base from the football they’ve been playing through all the season, and now they’re ready to play a direct game. They have good players able to play good styles with quality.

“You can ask why I’m saying good things if they’re at the bottom of the table, but sometimes the difference between winning and losing is so small – especially in the Championship.

“We cannot see a big difference between the teams. We beat Nottingham Forest here, we had a good game, we could have scored more but they are near the top of the table and we’re in the position we are.

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“In all the games, we need to find a balance. The balance is the main thing in the Championship games, all the teams will fight for a win. It’ll be a very tough game, we know what kind of football we can expect from them.

“They have strong points, of course, like all the teams they have weak points that we can explore. It will be a new and different challenge for us, but we must think for all three points.

“The players have been working very well, they have been very positive and with ambition in all the sessions to be better. Training with intensity, being dynamic, but we must be happy to serve and play for this club.

“We just need to give the maximum that we have inside us, nobody can demand more than this. If everybody gives it their maximum, we will be in the position we need and get the points we need.

“What we need is to give our maximum in each action, each moment, each second of the game and the things will happen naturally."

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