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Shan on Royals test and recovery

21 April 2019

Jimmy Shan is looking to build on back-to-back victories as in-form Albion travel to Reading on Easter Monday.

The Baggies came from behind to secure a late 3-2 success over Hull City on Good Friday, following on from a 4-1 win over Preston North End.

There's a quick turnaround for Albion, with just 72 hours between the Tigers triumph and the trip to the Madejski Stadium (ko 3pm).

Speaking post-match on Friday, Shan said: "We're in on Saturday so the lads will recover, the ones who played.

"And then we've got a small cohort of about eight to 10 players, the U23s in and around us, so we can boost numbers up and have a training session.

"Then it's matchday -1 on Sunday so it's preparations for Reading. We'll travel down there on that evening ahead of the game on Monday."

Reading find themselves three places and five points above the relegation zone heading into the final three matches of the Sky Bet Championship season.

But the Royals, under manager Jose Gomes, have tasted defeat just twice in their previous 10 matches, and go into the encounter on the back of a three-match unbeaten sequence including draws against Norwich City and Bristol City.

Shan added: "I think they've had an incredible recent run, he's done a magnificent job down there.

"It will be a tough test, they're fighting for their lives and we've got to make sure we go down there and we're competitive, build on our performance and build our momentum."

Tickets have sold out for Albion’s penultimate away day of the campaign, with just under 2,200 supporters backing the Baggies in Berkshire.


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