Reading manager Steve Clarke believes tonight’s game against Huddersfield Town in the Championship will be different to their FA Cup win over Town.
The Royals beat the Terriers 1-0 thanks to a classy team goal finished off by Nick Blackman, despite the game being pretty poor in general.
Since then, the Royals have overcome Cardiff City and Derby County to reach the quarter finals, where they play Bradford City on March 7th.
Chris Powell’s side could leapfrog the Royals, who are in 13th, with a win, and though a draw would see them go level on points, goal difference would still leave the Royals ahead in the League.
Clarke told the Reading Official Website: “It (the FA Cup win) won’t have any bearing on the game. On the day we played them in the cup they rested two or three of their better players. We go up there expecting a difficult game, they’ve been in decent form recently. We’ll go up there and it’ll be tough.
“It was a long journey to Ipswich and will probably be a three or four hour trip to Huddersfield with only two days recovery between the games. That’s a tough ask for us. We have to find a way to prepare the players, recover them properly and go again on Tuesday night.”
The Royals will have to wait on the fitness of star man Adam Federici in goal, after he seemed to pick up a knock against Ipswich last weekend.
It was, however, the back up goalkeeper Mikkel Andersen who was between the sticks for their FA Cup tie.
Reading are in an inconsistent run of form, having won three of their last five league games, but losing the other two.
The Berkshire club currently sit on 40 points in the Sky Bet Championship and are in 13th place in the league.