Reading youngster looking to make Madejski a 'fortress'

Reading midfielder Jake Taylor is sure that Fulham will find form, despite their rough start to the Championship season.

22-year old winger Taylor, a graduate of the Royals academy, has become a key part of Nigel Adkins’ first-team fold, playing all five games this Championship season.

He has netted one goal so far this term, helping the club to claim seven points from five games - winning two in the process.

Taylor is preparing to face recently relegated Premier League side Fulham this weekend, with the West Londoners travelling to the Madejski Stadium having failed to win a single game this season. Felix Magath’s men have claimed just one point from their five games, securing a tough fought 1-1 draw with Cardiff City prior to the international break.

Whilst their start to the season has been well-below par, with many claiming that the Cottagers would have a squad suited to an immediate return to the top flight, especially following the inclusion of Ross McCormack, Taylor is well aware that the Championship offers no guarantees, and he is preparing for a tough fixture this weekend.

Speaking to Get Reading, the Welsh Under-21 international said: "“They’ve got a good squad of players there coming down from the Premier League and just because they’ve got one point out of five games doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy for us.

“They’re going to make it hard for us but we’re looking forward to it and hopefully we can come away with three points.

“They’ve got a lot of young players and so have we.

“The Championship’s a really tough league this year and there’s a lot of good teams and Fulham are one of them.

“You know every game is going to be difficult and hopefully we can do what we’ve got to do against them.”

Taylor was drafted into the first-team fold this season, having made just nine league appearances for the Royals since 2010, and he is pleased to be playing consistent football at the Madejski Stadium. However, with a tough string of fixtures ahead, he is keen to see the Royals make a good try of things at home.

“We want to make Madejski a fortress and having two home games in quick-succession gives us a chance to pick up points,” he continued.

However, Fulham will be their first opponents this weekend, looking to build on their slow start to the season by claiming their first victory.

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