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🗣️ Bowen | "We've got enough ammunition to hurt them"

Gaffer previews our midweek Madejski match against Bristol City

27 January 2020

With a hectic January drawing to a close, well-rested Bristol City pay a visit to RG2 with a return to Sky Bet Championship football.

But Royals boss ensures the hard-work and graft hasn't stopped, even with the onslaught of 90 minutes being played at the weekend.

Looking back at a nine-fixture month and planning for a seven-fixture February, Mark Bowen detailed the immense hard-work taking place behind the scenes to prepare for such a workload.

"It’s another challenge for us – no days off for us," Bowen said. "The players who played Saturday will warm down and get their recovery right. And the lads who didn’t play will work hard and focus on the game plan for Bristol City on Tuesday night.

"I’ve got good staff around me, we put a lot of hours in planning things. Sometimes you get rewarded for that, sometimes you don’t. I just know that all the players, the staff and everyone at the club are in a good place.

"It doesn’t just happen, you have to keep working on it all the time, and trying to put something out on the grass that the punters enjoy and respect – and that’s what we’re doing at the moment."

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Bristol City will visit Berkshire off the back of a free weekend; their participation in the FA Cup ended after a Third Round replay. And Bowen recognises the potential to cause danger in the Royals squad.

"We just need to make sure we do our jobs," he continued. "The group of players we've got, the talent we have in the squad, I’m almost convinced that if we get the opposite side of the game right, when the opposition have the ball, I know we can be a match if not better than nearly every team in this league.

"And that’s where we fell short at Millwall, but when Bristol City come here and we do our jobs right and are solid we’ve got enough ammunition to hurt them. We just need to focus, but we are up for it."


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