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STEPPING UP

Posted on 28 December 2007  - 12:00

Gus Poyet insists we'll have to step up from the 5-1 win against Fulham to take maximum points against Reading on Saturday.

Gus Poyet insists we'll have to step up from the 5-1 win against Fulham to take maximum points against Reading on Saturday.The Boxing Day spoils were never really in doubt against the Cottagers, who only really threatened by making it 2-1 on the hour. Any hopes of a comeback were dashed within a minute of that goal as Robbie Keane restored our two-goal advantage at 3-1 and we pushed on to a comfortable win from there.

Reading have yet to win away but can be a stubborn side to overcome - proof of that was a 1-1 draw at West Ham on Boxing Day, when they played for an hour with 10 men. They are also the only side to take anything home from Old Trafford – an opening day draw the only blight on United’s otherwise perfect home record - and were the first side to beat Liverpool.

Three wins in our last four games have lifted us up to 13th in the table and we can leapfrog the Royals with a win on Saturday.

“Reading are organised, strong, they defend together and it will be difficult,” said first team coach Gus.

“We will have to be better for the whole game than we were against Fulham.

“We are at home again and we expect to do well. We want to keep moving in the same direction, winning games, adding points to the tally and looking up. That’s the key.”

Gus felt we produced the moments that mattered against Fulham.

“It was strange, in the first 20 minutes it was a bit quiet, but that all changed when we scored,” he added.

“I’m pleased Robbie scored after the penalty at Arsenal and there were other important moments - Tom scoring just before half-time and then Robbie scoring again just after Fulham made it 2-1. After that, the game was over.”

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