Reading defender Liam Moore has called on his team mates to make the most of the chance to rest and recover during the international break, according to the club’s official website.
The Royals had five games in 14 days prior to the pause so the international period could commence and he said that both he and his team mates were glad of the rest and will use the first game back, against Wolves on Saturday afternoon.
“After a tough run of games physically, a couple of us in the squad had been run down with colds and a bit of illness.
“It’s great to have a bit of a rest, recharge the batteries and have a good blast Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Wolves will be a very interesting, tactical game, we can go in there full of confidence as well and try and kick up that table.”
Royals manager Jaap Stam also emphasized the importance of kicking on, starting with the game against the table toppers on Saturday.
He said: “If you win a couple of games in a row, you want to keep on playing and get the momentum going. But it’s true that if you have certain injuries that you need to have time to bring them back into the squad as well.
“Wolves are a very good side. They spent quite a few pounds to get a few players in, and they have a good physique and work-rate as a team.
“They combine that with quality to make it difficult for everybody. We’ll be facing a very strong team. But we’re a strong team as well and we have confidence in what we can do against them.”
Physically, the international break can help teams recover but it is also interesting that Moore mentions the tactical battle against Wolves.
Games come thick and fast in the Championship and often teams do not have enough time to work on specific plans for certain matches.
However, Stam and his players have had two weeks to formulate and practice a strategy to overcome the league leaders and their fans will be expecting to see last season’s beaten play-off finalists give the league leaders a good run for their money on Saturday, rested and ready to execute a tactical plan.
Reading fans – will the break kill your momentum or ensure you’re fully prepared to face Wolves? Let us know your views below…