Date:Monday August 26 2013
As we look ahead to tomorrow's game against Reading in the Capital One Cup Round Two, Vital Posh caught up with Vital Reading to ask a few questions.
1. How did relegation affect the team?
To be honest, it didn`t affect us an awful amount. With about ten games to go, we knew that relegation was always going to be on the cards, so just took it as it came really. The morale around the squad didn`t seem to take any major blows, in fact it probably increased with the appointment of Adkins, who has got the team playing an attractive style of football now.
2.How do you think you will do this season and where do you think you will finish?
Before the season`s start, I was fairly confident we would bounce back up, given our signings, finances, manager and stable squad. With one win from four, obviously I may not have the same optimism, but there is still a long way to go yet. As I mentioned earlier, we have had a change in the style recently, with McDermott playing a very direct style previously, compared to a short passing philosophy under Adkins. It will take time for the players to fully adapt, so us Royals fans have to be patient.
3. Who are the Reading players we should watch out for?
I would expect American midfielder Danny Williams to get his first start, after some impressive cameo appearances from the bench in the league. He makes very direct runs and has great energy in the middle of the park, so I`d keep an eye out for him.
4. Are you expecting a busy final week in the transfer market?
We hope so! We have been crying out for a new striker all preseason, but nothing has been done. We only have two fit recognised strikers in Le Fondre and Pogrebnyak, who are starting to receive some criticism from fans. We have been linked with Petric and have given a trial to Joseph Akpala, but we are still yet to make any concrete movements.
5. If you could take any Posh player at the moment, who would it be and why?
The way he has started the season, probably Lee Tomlin. I remember when you smashed Ipswich last season, he was outstanding and I have been an admirer since. He is one of those wingers who doesn`t only have pace, yet end product to balance his abilities.
6. What starting XI and shape do you expect to see for this cup fixture?
I expect Adkins to shift it about for this game. This is the team I can see him putting out:
Federici, Kelly, Mariappa, Morrison, Bridge, Karacan, Williams, McCleary, McAnuff, Le Fondre, Pogrebnyak
7. What is your prediction for the game?
As long as our defence turns up, I can see it being a high scoring draw. Into extra time, it is pot luck really!
8. Who will win the Capital One Cup this season?
It`s a tough call. I have a feeling that Spurs could win it this year, not sure why!
Many thanks to Josh at Vital Reading for answering the questions.
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