Reading's Garath McCleary in action with Aston Villa's Jonathan Kodjia
Reading forward Garath McCleary has been speaking to the club’s official website and has urged the Reading fans to get behind the team on Saturday as the Royals play host to Bristol City at the Madejski Stadium.
McCleary, who last week formed an effective new strike partnership with young striker Dominic Samuel, is aware of the sheer amount of travelling away fans there will be this weekend and believes a loud home support will be key to the team’s success.
Reading's Dominic Samuel in action with Arsenal's Rob Holding
He told the Royals’ official website: “The fact that they’ll be bringing a good away following I could envisage that they will be very loud, so our fans, just get behind us and hopefully we can pull off a win for you.
“It is something of a derby with them just down the M4, they’ll be bringing a lot of fans with them so hopefully the home crowd can get behind us and we’ll push for another win.”
Bristol City currently lie mid-table in tenth in the Championship and have won just twice thus far away from home this season, with impressive results such as the 4-0 trouncing of Fulham at Craven Cottage coming in conjunction with disappointing losses to ten men at Sheffield Wednesday and Birmingham.
Bristol City manager Lee Johnson
Reading, however, are flying high under Jaap Stam and lie in third place in the table. The gap between themselves and Brighton and Hove Albion in second is just four points and the game at the Madejski this weekend could be a golden opportunity gain ground.
This is particularly pertinent given the fact that the Seagulls are hosting Fulham, who have lost just once in their last six. Should Brighton drop points there, the door to automatic promotion will be ajar once again for the Royals.