Adie Expects Tough Encounter

By Rob Cooper
Last updated : 29 November 2002
Adie Williams
Williams has helped the Royals keep the best defensive record in the league
Reading will be hoping for their six successive victory tomorrow afternoon to boost their play-off aspirations still further.

The Royals currently lie in an impressive fifth place with thirty-five points up on the board.

However, Alan Pardew's side must tomorrow travel to the Withdean Stadium to play their old rivals Brighton & Hove Albion.

The Seagulls stormed to the Division Two title last season but have made a poor start to this one and currently lie bottom of the pile in the First Division. However, some sterling performances in recent weeks under new boss Steve Coppell has filled fans of the South Coast side with renewed optomism.

Royals defender Adie Williams, who recently received a call-up to play for the Welsh national side, knows his team have a tough task ahead of them tomorrow afternnon.

Williams told readingfc.co.uk: "Brighton have picked up recently and they have had some good results, they got a point at Wolves recently. The Seagulls have always given us tough games and it'll be the same on Saturday.

"In football the main thing is confidence. When you're bottom of the league mistakes happen and decisions go against you. Their confidence is on the up, Zamora needs one or two goals for his confidence, but hopefully he won't get them on Saturday."

The defence has been instrumental to the Royals good form this season, the side have the best defensive record in the league having conceded just fourteen goals and can boast an impressive total of ten clean sheets thus far.

Williams believed the good defensive record is down to the whole team's performances, not just the back lines.

"I've been well pleased. We've got the best defensive record in the league and the whole team has been helping us to keep clean sheets. Everyone is doing their part, against Palace I felt the back five were superb."

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