David Moyes is confident Everton can make it back-to-back wins this weekend – but says his team will have to work hard to break down a side who may be content to park the bus.
The Royals travel to Goodison Park looking to address a record that has seen them lose 10 times on their travels in the league this season, winning just once.
Moyes is mindful that Reading could deploy a defensive approach as they seek out precious points.
The Scot remains wary, however, of the problems Brian McDermott’s men are likely to cause from dead ball situations.
“Like all the Premier League teams, everybody poses a threat,” said Moyes in an exclusive interview with evertontv. “As I’ve said many times, games in the Premier League are close encounters – that’s the way it has been.
“We hope that we can get three points and try and keep our good league form going, which we have had this season.”
When asked about whether the visitors could be content to sit back and defend, Moyes added: “That’s been the style Reading have adopted.
“They have been able to get people behind the ball but they have scored a lot of goals this year as well. They have got a lot of goals from set-pieces and we will have to be mindful of it.”
Reading’s main goal threat this season has come in the form of top scorer Adam Le Fondre, who has hit the target 10 times during his debut year in the Premier League, including a brace in Everton’s defeat at the Madejski Stadium last November.
The former Rotherham United and Rochdale frontman is showing signs that he can cut it amongst the country’s elite, prompting comparisons from Moyes to a former Blues favourite who was also plucked from the Football League.
“We’ve done it over the years with people like Tim Cahill, and they have got that with Adam Le Fondre,” Moyes explained. “He doesn’t start all the games for them, so we will have to wait and see.”
Moyes also applauded Brian McDermott for the job he has done at Reading.
The 51-year-old took control in December 2009 – originally in a caretaker capacity following the sacking of Brendan Rodgers – and guided the Berkshire club to the Championship title last season.
“He [McDermott] has done a really good job,” Moyes continued. “He has got them up and he is having a right good go at keeping them in the Premier League.
“He would have always expected it to have been hard to stay up. It will be, but he is having a good go at it.”
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