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José on trusting the squad and role of home support against Fulham

Manager prepares for Cottagers test

30 September 2019

After back-to-back away games against Wolves and Swansea, it’s back home at Madejski Stadium this Tuesday evening – we host Fulham under the floodlights in RG2.

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Thanks to spirited performances and late goals, the Royals had 1-1 draws at the final whistle on each of those two away matches.

And now, with the Cottagers making the short trip to Berkshire from West London, Reading manager José Gomes is keen to record an important victory in midweek.

“Hopefully we will get the three points back at Madejski Stadium,” said the boss. “We will face a very strong team, a good squad and some very good players.

“They have a top striker – who is very strong and who battles – and a good offensive dynamic. So we will see what happens.

“We need to recover now, after a long trip back from Swansea. Fulham played a day before us, so they have 24 hours more than we do to recover. But our medical staff and fitness coaches will help our players to recover properly.

“As I have said before, with the way that we have been working, I trust that my players can get the points we need to think about higher goals.”


Remarkably, eight of the Royals’ 12 games to date have been on the road this season.

So back on home soil, in front of a partisan Madejski Stadium crowd, he hopes that the Reading fans will show up in good numbers and drown out any noise coming from the away end.

“I would like to see our stadium full when we play Fulham,” continued José.

“There will be a lot of fans visiting from London, but I hope that we will be able to hear our fans being louder than them.”

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