It has been a tense time to be a Royals supporter – but you rose to the challenge and helped us to safety with a game to spare.
That means we can host Birmingham City on Sunday without any pressure or worry – although José Gomes is still targeting a win to give a positive close to the campaign. And he wants the match to be played in the spirit of enjoyment – a trait that he hopes to see at all times in the upcoming campaign.
“The players are training very well – with good intensity and a good dynamic,” Gomes said.
“So I am feeling strong preparation for the last game. Hopefully we can finish the season with the result that everybody wants, and a special moment in front of our fans in our stadium.
“The idea is always to have fun. Football is a game, and if you look to the challenge with this spirit, I believe that you can get better results – if you enjoy what you are doing and the way that you are playing.
“We have to respect the game, the league and the fans. So of course my players will enjoy this weekend’s game, but they will also give the maximum that they can.
“The game on Sunday is important – even for when we start next season. Everything has connections, even if you don’t see them at the beginning. I believe that we will play a very good game, show some good football and let our fans enjoy the way that we are playing.”
Many supporters have backed a ‘Portugal Day’ initiative – a chance to pay tribute to the Royals boss and his backroom staff for the injection of positivity they have brought to Madejski Stadium.
🇵🇹 PORTUGAL DAY 🇵🇹— Club 1871 (@Club1871) April 23, 2019
📆 5th May Vs Birmingham
We can all agree that José Gomes has brought life back into our club.
Let's show him our appreciation by making the last home game 'Portugal Day'. Bring your Portuguese flags, wear maroon red, make a banner👍#ReadingFC 🔵⚪🇵🇹🔵⚪ pic.twitter.com/kFDxCkSuF2
“For me, it means more responsibility – it’s not just my face, but also the Portuguese flag!” Gomes continued.
“It is an honour that some people want to show something good for us – it means that they like the job that we did, and we are grateful to them for the way that they have treated us since we have arrived. It has been amazing.
“There is a strong connection, a good environment, and it will be a fantastic day for sure.
“I hope that our fans will come to our stadium, fill it up for the last game of the season and enjoy the match. They can have their Sunday lunch a bit later, and stay with us for a few hours.
“They have been very important for us throughout the tough moments. They have supported our players and they deserve this end to the season – with no pressure, and a chance to enjoy the football.”
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