Pearce: Watch out for the Reading FC runBy Jonny Fordham
February 04, 2013
Alex Pearce has told Reading’s relegation rivals to beware of their late-season run.
Royals have a timely knack of picking up the pace in the second half of the campaign and their recent purple patch has seen them win five of their last six.
Saturday’s dramatic 2-1 home win against Sunderland, thanks to a Jimmy Kebe brace, saw Brain McDermott’s side put a two-point buffer between the 17th-placed club and the relegation zone.
And Pearce, away on international duty with Republic of Ireland this week, said: The boys have always kept the belief.
“The gaffer has instilled that in us. He said that it is always there for you if you are on it, and we can do it, we’ve proven that.
“We can go on a run. We have done it for the last three or four years. Any team that comes here is going to find it hard. That’s been proven over the last three years.
“We’ve felt that we can go on a run and it’s proven to be right.”
Royals travel to Stoke City this Saturday – the side they drew 1-1 against on the opening day of the 2012/13 Premier League season.
“It will be a good one,” added centre-back Pearce.
“It won’t be one for the faint-hearted. We’ll be going there with very high confidence and such high spirits as.
“The form that we’re in at the moment we can take on anyone.”