Danny Williams expects Norwich City to make it a tough Boxing Day for Reading

Danny Williams, centre, battles during Reading's EFL Cup tie with Plymotuh earlier this season. Pict

Danny Williams, centre, battles during Reading's EFL Cup tie with Plymotuh earlier this season. Picture: PA Sport - Credit: PA

American midfielder Danny Williams is hoping to help Reading turn Boxing Day 'into a winning day' as he returns from suspension.

The 27-year-old missed the Royals' previous three games after picking up a red card in a shock 5-0 loss at Fulham at the start of the month but is ready and raring to go.

The former Hoffenheim man hopes to help continue his team's good home form, having won seven and drawn one of their 11 games at the Madejski Stadium, in front of what is expected to be the biggest crowd this season.

'Our home record this season is pretty good – we have to turn these games into wins,' Williams said. 'There's no easy games in the Championship, so we have to be on our game to get the result on Monday.

'But I'm sure if the fans back us up on Monday and make some noise, and if everybody performs how we have recently, I think we can get a positive result.

'Norwich are underachieving a bit this season, but we know the quality of the players they have and about their Premier League experience. It's going to be a tough game, but we're looking forward to it.

'I think people weren't expecting us to be so high in the table – but personally I don't look at the table. I think we need to look game to game and make sure that we're better than our opponent, which usually means we'll get a result.

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'But as I said, it'll be hard – everyone has to work hard for each other, and if we do that then I'm positive we can turn the Boxing Day into a winning day.'

Reading have their best points tally at this stage of the season since 2008 but Williams still feels there's more to come in the second half of the season.

'As players we are still trying to adapt to how the gaffer wants us to play,' he added, speaking to his club's official website. 'I think we have done a decent job so far this season, we're nearly halfway through and we're on 40 points. But there's still room for improvement.'