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💪 "We've got an edge about us at the moment. But we've got new questions to answer as a team..."

Royals centre-half explains how we have been preparing for a tough run of fixtures ahead...

15 October 2020

Saturday will be the first of seven games in three weeks and to open up a hectic period with a long trip to Neil Warnock's Middlesbrough won't be an easy start.

"It's a very long journey north for us. I think some of the lads will be downloading all the stuff from Netflix they've not already watched.

"I've got kids though - I'll definitely fall asleep for at least an hour or so," Michael Morrison smiled. 

"The next two are at home though which is good - something of a trade off I suppose. But we know we've got new questions as a team to answer in these upcoming games and I'm sure we will face different challenges in trying to get the points we want.

"I don't think this weekend's game will be too dissimilar a challenge to the one we faced when they came down here at the end of last season - but at that point they were fighting for something and, without the fans here to spur us on, it was a difficult period for us. 

"I think there is a different edge to us at the moment and hopefully that has been showing in the performances and the results.

"So I hope we can take that edge into Saturday's game. We'll have to show the battling spirit we have shown in the first four games though, I've no doubt."

The Royals have been training hard during the international break - preparing their bodies for an onslaught of competitive football that starts with a trip to Teesside on Saturday.

"We've had a good start - but now it's about pushing on," Morro continued.

"After these few games we'll see again where we're at. We'll know more about ourselves in three or four weeks time, that's for sure. And hopefully we come out the other side of it with more positive results.

"We've had to work very hard to prepare for this next block of seven games in such a short space of time. And we won't have too many days off going forward.

"But we've tried to use this international break as best we can, playing catch up with some of the technical and tactical parts that the manager wants to see in us.

"So it has been a good use of our time. And we haven't had too many lads away with their countries, so we've been able to do even more work as a group to improve. Hopefully that will show in the performances as we go on."

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