Richard Keogh told the Derby County Twitter account that he expects the game against Reading this weekend to be completely different from the club’s last two cup games.
Derby secured their right to face Reading, with a 1-0 win against Southport in the third round and a 2-0 win against Chesterfield in the last round and Keogh is cautious of the different approaches taken into each game.
“The last 2 rounds have been full of shocks and it has really opened everyones eyes up this season. There is big chance to do well,” said Keogh.
“Reading have got a new Manager and have had some good results of late. It will be a completely different game to the last two.”
Fortunately for Derby they have a very experienced manager in Steve McClaren who should guard against complacency in the build up to the game.
McClaren will be aware that Reading will present a much higher quality all over their side than Derby have faced in the last two rounds.
They also go into the match having lost 2-0 at the hands of Leeds United in the Championship earlier this week and will want to react positively.
It’s also arguable that Reading head into the game under less pressure, as the away side going to a big club.
They can be let off the leash to really get at Derby, with the pressure of Championship put to one side, but if every Derby player does his job, they should have enough in the man for man battles to get over the line.