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💭 "We must do our own thing and implement our style of play on them"

Young midfielder looks ahead to the visit of in-form Potters

12 March 2020

“They will come hungry for the points, but we just have to focus on our game and make sure we come away with the win."

Royals midfielder Andy Rinomhota discussed this weekend's Sky Bet Championship fixture against Stoke City, and insists the Potters pose a different kind of threat.

“They’re fighting down at the bottom of the table, so they’ll be working hard trying to get the results,” Andy mentioned. “They will come hungry for the points, but we just have to focus on our game and make sure we come away with the win.

“It shows good mentality from them, and we must be wary of that. But we must do our own thing and implement our style of play on them. They will give everything they’ve got, probably looking to start the game bright – so we just need to be wary of that.

It was a good week last week – starting off with a win but then an unfortunate result in the FA Cup on the Tuesday with a good performance. And then to Birmingham where we picked up the three points.

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The week leading to the game has been shadowed by the Coronavirus (Covid-19) sweeping the nation, subsequently causing suspensions and "behind closed doors" games across the UK.

“There has been a lot of talk,” Andy said. “But we have just been continuing what we usually do – we try not to think about it and just focus on the football.

“It is just doing the basics really; washing your hands with soap, any chance you get. Making sure that we are keeping handshaking and contact to a minimum, but as I said, we have just been focusing on the football.

“It could be behind closed doors, but either way – keep doing things the way we usually do them. It’ll be slightly different without fans and no atmosphere. But you just have to get on with it and not let it affect you.

“Just play it game-by-game, pick up as many points as possible and climb the table as high as we can. It’s an improvement from last year already with more games to go.”


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