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Another challenge for us

10 April 2015

Gary Bowyer believes Reading have a squad to test the best ahead of their meeting on Saturday.

After the emotion of Wednesday night's FA Cup clash with Liverpool, Rovers are back to the bread and butter of the Sky Bet Championship with a trip to the Madejski Stadium to face a side that have a Wembley date with Arsenal next weekend.

Whilst Rovers' squad is stretched to the fullest, the Royals are blessed with an array of attacking talent which will provide a tough test, despite their cup distractions on the horizon.

"Knowing Steve Clarke he will want to win the game," said Bowyer.

"I went and watched them on Tuesday night at Blackpool and he's got a great squad at his disposal.

"On Tuesday night he put Pogrebnyak on, then Cox and then he put Mackie on. They were three Premier League strikers not so long ago. So that shows you the attacking options that he has got.

"They've got some big names and some big players, so I'm surprised where they are in the league with the squad that they've got.

"I saw Steve's comments yesterday that he's identified what the problem was but didn't want to make it public, so obviously he can't wait for the summer to try and put his own stamp on his squad. But they've got some wonderful players."

One that will need no introduction is Yakubu. The striker enjoyed a goal-laden season with Rovers before leaving for Guangzhou R&F in China in 2012.

After a season in the far east, the Nigerian moved to Qatar side Al Rayyan before joining the Royals on a free transfer this February.

"Watching him on Tuesday he is still a handful for any defence," added the Rovers boss. "He's got that know-how and in front of goal he is deadly.

"He has a great personality and the season that he had here was phenomenal for us.

"Even though it was the year we got relegated his goal return was unbelievable. You can't help but like the bloke."

Supporters who haven't yet purchased tickets for Saturday's match against Reading will be able to do so on the day of the game.

Tickets will go off sale at Ewood at 4pm this Friday and after that supporters can purchase and collect tickets from the away end ticket office at the South Stand between gates 9 and 10 from 12.30pm on the day of the game. Cash and cards are accepted.

Admission prices are £10 for Adults and £5 for Seniors 65+, 17-21 year-olds and Juniors 16 and under.

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