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Canaries boss expects Reading to pose very different test to Middlesbrough

The Canaries are looking to build on Saturday's 1-0 victory over Boro when they head to Reading tonight Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

The Canaries are looking to build on Saturday's 1-0 victory over Boro when they head to Reading tonight Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Paul Chesterton

Daniel Farke expects Reading to pose a very different challenge to the high-flying Middlesbrough side that his Norwich City team beat so impressively at the weekend.

Ben Marshall is set to miss tonight's game due to illness 
Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus ImagesBen Marshall is set to miss tonight's game due to illness Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

The Royals have their tails up ahead of tonight’s game (8pm) following their first triumph of the campaign on Saturday, winning 3-2 at Preston.

City’s head coach wants his players to enjoy the positivity from their deserved defeat of Boro as they prepare for action at the Madjeski Stadium though.

“I think it’s good when you are there with a good performance and a good result to feel really happy,” Farke said. “Because if you say we are not allowed to be happy after a good win then after a while you ask why are we training so hard? And why are we aiming for good results and good performances?

“I think they are experienced enough to know how close the Championship is and they know that each and every game is difficult.

“They know our situation in personal terms, that there are some really important players that are injured or ill, and they know we are all full of respect for Reading.

“They had a brilliant last game, scoring three goals and a win at Preston, it’s not easy to win at Preston. We know it will be a difficult task for us but it is also good to have this result and this performance to be able to travel with lots of self-confidence.

“Perhaps the pressure is a bit more on the home team because they are still in the relegation places and I don’t think their first three home matches were like they hoped it to be.”

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Farke feels the Royals have moved away from the possession-based style of former boss Jaap Stam under Paul Clement as well.

“They have preferred a bit more of a direct style, not always with long balls and they don’t always have so many tall players on the pitch like Middlesbrough had,” he continued.

“Also from their base formation it is tactically a different task because they don’t usually play with a three-man formation (in defence) like Middlesbrough do – so it will 100 percent be a different game.

“They like to overload the wings and play with really quality players on the wing, whereas Middlesbrough didn’t cover this position and played more with two strikers.

“So really a different game in tactical behaviour and really a different game but we have spoken about this and we are prepared.”

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