Head Coach previews Royals clash


Michael Appleton wants to see more of the same from his team when Reading visit SE7 this weekend.

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Asked if he is confident of continuing his side’s six-game unbeaten streak, he said: “I am, but I’m not complacent and I think that’s really, really important. They’re a good side if you allow them to play and I’ve seen enough in the last three games that they’ve played. They can really hurt you if you allow them to play and if you get sucked into what they want. They’ve got some decent young players and move the ball round quite well.

“It’s about what we do on the day, it’s not necessarily about them. We’ve had a really good mentality over the last six weeks or so and we’ve shown an aggression in and out of possession. We’re going to have to do that again tomorrow.

“The Valley has been good for us over the last couple of months or so, even when Pearcey [Jason Pearce] had the game before I came in and we have to continue that - it has to mean something,” explained the Head Coach. “Hopefully that will be the case because the games are coming thick and fast and you need to pick points up. Come Saturday, our only focus is three points.”

Appleton recently attended Charlton Athletic Community Trust’s (CACT) annual award ceremony at the House of Lords.

“It was great for me to go to the evening and I met some really, really great people,” he said. “It was a real eye-opener, if I’m being honest, because there was a lot of video footage showing the amount of work that goes on, not necessarily just the winners but other people who were candidates for the awards as well.


“It was great for me to get a little bit of an understanding of what goes on behind the scenes or certainly when you’re away from the ground. I enjoyed it, I met some good people and I’m sure over the coming weeks and months I’ll get to see them a little bit more.”

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