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Yiadom | “We need to play with the same intensity”

Andy Yiadom previews the trip to Derby County…

18 January 2019

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Andy Yiadom has called for more of the same from his Reading teammates as the Royals gear up for another demanding fixture in the Sky Bet Championship this weekend.

Last time out, the Royals overcame Derby’s East Midlands rivals Nottingham Forest by a comfortable 2-0 to give the side a much-needed boost in the league.

And Yiadom is hoping for more of the same against the Rams at Pride Park, as Reading target back-to-back wins as they look to climb up the table.

Speaking to iFollow Royals, Yiadom said: “I think we’ve had two really good performances, especially last week against Notttingham Forest where we got a much-needed result.

“We kept a clean sheet as well, and I think all of the boys played very well with a lot of intensity.

“Now, it’s all about taking that into our next game.”

The victory over Forest gave the Royals their first win under new manager José Gomes.

And Yiadom feels that the win was inevitable, however, the difference in particular was their unmatched desire and intensity.

“For me, the difference against Forest was the way that we pressed and that desire to get the ball back as soon as possible,” Yiadom added.

“When they had it, we got it back straight away and attacked them. We played some really good stuff and looked after possession very well.”

The Royals’ opponents on Saturday currently occupy sixth place in the table and will be hoping to be in contention for promotion, come the end of the season.

But, whilst Yiadom says the team are aware of Derby’s quality – he feels that Reading have the ability to more than just match them on the pitch.

He explained: “Derby are a good side who have been playing very well and that’s exactly what we need to keep doing now.

“We need to go out there with no fear and play with the same intensity that we did against Nottingham Forest.

“They’ve come off the back of a good result in the week against Southampton beating them in the cup, so they’ll come into the game with confidence as well.

“It will be a good game for sure, but we’re going to do our best to get the win because ultimately we need the points.”

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