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"We cannot hide that this is a six-point game"

José Gomes on the importance of three points at Bolton

28 January 2019

José Gomes has run the rule over what he knows is a vital game for both Reading and Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday night.

The Reading boss has had 10 days to get his players ready for Tuesday's crucial clash at the University of Bolton Stadium, having spent plenty of time at Hogwood Park to work with his squad.

With 18 matches left to play in the Sky Bet Championship season, he knows how important each result will be in defining the success of the campaign as a whole.

"It will be a tough game, we have a tough path ahead of us until the end of the season," he said in his pre-match interview with iFollow.

"After this game, nothing will be decided - the war will go on. But we cannot hide that this is a six-point game. It is a very, very important game and we know what we must do.

"And we must play the best we can and give the maximum we can give on the pitch to get the points that we need.

"Bolton are a very tough team with very tall, physical players - they don't give space to the opponent players and they try to be strong all over the pitch and achieve success through good defensive organisation. And they are very good at that.

"So we have to be intelligent. We have to start playing - from the first whistle to the last - with our dynamic. We have to put on the pitch our strongest points and our quality. This is the challenge and that is what I'm expecting from our players."

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