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Bowen discusses deserved down-time for the squad

Manager on merits of international weekend

14 November 2019

Some of the squad are away with their countries; for the remainder, the past few days have offered an opportunity to clear the mind and get some rest.

Football returns when we play Brentford later this month; after that, it’s a relentless fixture list until the next break in March.

So Reading boss Mark Bowen is pleased that - after a fantastic run of results - his team have had the opportunity to unwind and take the foot off the pedal just for a couple of days, before the workload and intensity steps up again for our trip to Griffin Park.

“We’ll rest, deservedly so,” Bowen said. “We will take stock of things and work on the players once they have had their rest.

“They need to switch off for a few days. I have been banging the drum – physically and mentally – with these guys. I’ve given them a lot of information, so they’ve needed to get away for a few days, spend time with their families and switch off.

“Then when they’re back in training on Wednesday, there’s no free days. They have got to work and I’ll be demanding the physicality and mentality every day.

“Then I will keep my fingers crossed for those players who have gone away that they come back safe. It’s Brentford away next and I’ve already got one eye on that.

“If we get things right off the ball, we’re a force in this league.”

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