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Reading have returned to their "continental" style

"They're an adventurous, expansive passing team and on their day they could give anybody problems"

13 February 2019

Tony Mowbray says his team will have to be wary of Reading's entertaining style of play this evening, but is backing his Rovers team to return to winning ways.

It'll be the first time Mowbray will have locked horns with Jose Gomes, who was appointed earlier in the season after the Royals parted company with former Rovers coach Paul Clement.

Gomes' appointment has seen an upturn in recent results, with three successive draws, whilst Mowbray's also noticed a change in style since the Portuguese boss took over.

"They've got a continental coach back in charge and they play pretty similar to when Jaap Stam was in charge," Mowbray told iFollow Rovers.

"They play a lot of football from the back, in the mould of what they used to do really.

"They're a good football team and if you just turn up and play against a team like Reading without any preparation, you're going to get beat, because they're going to pass through you.

"They're a passing team. They're an adventurous, expansive passing team and on their day they could give anybody problems.

"They keep clean sheets and yet they haven't scored bags and bags of goals, so let's wait and see," he added.

"It's the next challenge for us and this team likes a challenge. We'll lay down a game plan and let's see if we can make it work."


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