What Reading’s Veljko Paunovic said before their ‘tough’ Sheffield Wednesday clash

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Reading manager, Veljko Paunovic, has spoken ahead of their trip to Hillsborough this evening, admitting it’ll be a ‘tough’ test for his Royals side.

Paunovic has had a hot and cold start to the season after a bright start was hit by a difficult spell between the end of October and November, but they make the trip to South Yorkshire in high spirits on the back of a 3-1 victory over Bristol City.

The Royals will get to experience fans being back in the stadium at the weekend when they host Nottingha Forest, but for now they’re focused on trying to stop Tony Pulis from getting his 100th Championship victory.

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Speaking before the game, Paunovic told the club’s official website, "Our supporters are due back on Saturday, so we can have a whole enthusiastic approach, an all-round enthusiastic situation with our home game against Forest. But, most importantly, before that we have to prepare for a game against Sheffield Wednesday.

"Another tough opponent, another tough game on the road. We will learn from the last game, because we can always improve. And we will use Wednesday night as another good opportunity to build our new momentum.

"We always aim to win every single game. But we also take it one game at a time - and building that momentum will depend on how well we do in our approach towards every single opponent in the next six or seven games we face coming up to a short Christmas break.”

He went on to say, "The progression is good. We had a great start, building the identity, the foundations of the team – the non-negotiables have always been there from the start which I'm very proud of.

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Veljko Paunovic says Sheffield Wednesday are a tough team. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)Veljko Paunovic says Sheffield Wednesday are a tough team. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Veljko Paunovic says Sheffield Wednesday are a tough team. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

"We got confident, started to expand our game, but we didn’t get the results. So we needed to re-evaluate and adjust our plan moving forward. We have recovered our identity now. But we have to keep it going.

"And the next two games are super important for our momentum. We are getting there but we stay with our feet on the ground because we still have to improve a lot."

Wednesday lost 3-0 to Reading the last time they visited S6, but were on a six-game unbeaten run against them prior to that game.

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