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Andre on Royals appointment

Posted on 14 September 2012  - 17:14

Andre Villas-Boas has described Reading as a team full of 'desire and ambition' as we return to Premier League action at the Madejski Stadium on Sunday.

Andre on Royals appointment

It's our first match since a late goal denied us maximum points against Norwich City on September 1.

Andre has finally had the chance to work with his full squad after transfer deadline day and the international break - Clint Dempsey the last of our internationals to return from America - and says he's determined to return to the form of our first two matches against Newcastle and West Brom.

"Obviously, we didn't have a good game against Norwich," admitted Andre.

"We had an improvement from Newcastle to West Brom, but the team didn't feel as comfortable against Norwich.

"First we want to put it right, and show the level of style and play we had against Newcastle and West Brom, with good possession, attacking football and creating more than our opponents.

"This is the style we want to take to Reading."

The Royals have performed well on their return to the top flight - albeit with only a point to show from their first two matches against Stoke, a late draw and a defeat at Chelsea. Their scheduled match at Sunderland last time out fell foul to a waterlogged pitch.

"We saw last season's examples with Swansea and Norwich and the way you can surprise by arriving in the Premier League and building a consistent team," said Andre.

"With Reading, it's early, they don't have the results they wanted but the performances are there, particularly the performance at Chelsea.

"They are a fresh team because their game against Sunderland was postponed, but a team full of commitment and desire, a team that shows how Brian McDermott has succeeded in his career and his goals in managing. The team plays to that desire and ambition and that's good to see."

Hotspur Way

Meanwhile, Andre joined the chorus of praise for our wonderful new Training Centre in Enfield, Hotspur Way.

The squad has trained at the facility for the first time this week.

"Everyone has found it amazing, special conditions and special facilities," he said.

"We have everything available in this facility from rehabilitation to the training pitches to a state-of-the-art gymnasium.

"We now have to make sure we profit from this step into such a wonderful place."