Pardew Prepares For 'Big Game'

By Rob Cooper
Last updated : 23 August 2002
Alan Pardew
Reading boss Alan Pardew
Reading face Leicester City at the Walker's Bowl tomorrow in what Alan Pardew consider's to be a 'big game' for the Royals.

After last Saturday's defeat Pardew wants to get back to winning ways. But, according to the Reading boss, the Foxes are no easy side to beat and the fact that they lost 6-1 to Ipswich last weekened is immaterial.

Pards told readingfc.co.uk: "It's a huge game for us. We had a big turn around last weekend so we have a point to prove tomorrow but it will be a tough call for us.

"We feel we are a good side and have proved that in the three games we've played so far - it's a shame that we have not come away with more points.

"I don't like to use the word 'thumping' but Leicester got beat last weekend and had an unlucky day. They lost some key players in that game and made substitutions left right and centre - so we can't read too much into that.

"They are at home and are expecting a big crowd in their new stadium. I believe it is going to be difficult, but it is something we are looking forward too. Leicester is a good chance to get a result in a difficult place."

Speaking on the 2-1 reserve victory over Luton Town on Tuesday the Reading boss added: "Marcus Hahnemann played extremely well and so did Phil Parkinson. Nicky Forster is in good shape whilst Darius Henderson also played.

"Together Henderson and Forster make a good pair and are putting pressure on Butts and Curo - which is how it should be.

"Apart from those players I thought it was a poor game. I was disappointed - the result was the best thing to come out of the day."

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