Reading boss Paul Clement praises Stoke ahead of weekend fixture at Madejski

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Reading manager Paul Clement is hoping for three points against Stoke City on Saturday to climb away from the Championship relegation zone. The Royals currently sit 20th the Championship, narrowly above the dotted line by goal difference. A win for Stoke could see them push into the top eight, just outside the play-offs.

Clement praised Stoke ahead of their trip to the Madejski Stadium: “We know Stoke are a good side – and they’ve got good players. They’ve been a little bit inconsistent – they have a new manager in Gary Rowett who is trying to find his way with the team,” he said.

“But we’re at home, and after the two games that we’ve had on the road, we have to put in another performance – and get the result to follow that!”

Some of those situations have been forced through injury because we have got some good players out injured.

“For example, Sone Aluko and Garath McCleary – both wingers – started at Wigan. But against Leeds I packed the team with midfielders – Danny Loader who can play as a striker or midfielder, John Swift and the three other midfielders – Andy Rinomhota, Liam Kelly and Leandro Bacuna.

“I always look at all the other games and see what personnel are each going to suit the challenge we’ve got.

“It’ll always be about trying to get the best performances out of the players.

“But you never know, there is randomness in football. If the keeper dived the other way for Marc McNulty’s penalty – at the end at Leeds – we would have got a point.

“It looked a well struck penalty to me but you have to give credit to the keeper because he made a good save in a big moment.”

Rowett’s men could extend their unbeaten run to seven matches should they come away with a point or more on Saturday against Reading continuing their momentum into the busy

Christmas period

 

 

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