Reading FC manager Steve Clarke is hoping a passionate home crowd will guide the Royals to the FA Cup semi-final tonight.
Steve Clarke’s men face Bradford City at the Madejski Stadium tonight in the FA Cup quarter-final replay.
The Royals drew 0-0 with Phil Parkinson’s men at Valley Parade on March 7 in a hard-fought match which neither team could win.
Speaking to the Reading Chronicle, Steve Clarke said: “I asked the supporters to come out in the numbers and they’re going to do that,”
“If we perform well on the pitch then we can give them a good night.
“It’s amazing how much a loud support can give the players a lift. I think it’s something in football that is underestimated. If you have a passionate home crowd behind the team then your performance level can go up a bit and that’s what we want from the crowd on Monday night.
“It makes a difference when your attacking your favoured end and the supporters are willing you on, the players tend to find a bit extra for them and hopefully that can be the case.
“Hopefully both teams can put on a good show and point out to everybody that there is more to football in this country than the Premier League.”
The winner of the tie tonight will face Premier League giants Arsenal in the semi-final of the competition at Wembley.
Reading currently sit in 17th position in the Sky Bet Championship, having accrued 44 points from 37 league games, whilst Bradford currently lie in ninth place in League One.