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Clarke Calls For Positive Atmosphere

New Reading boss Steve Clarke sets down his expectations for the home crowd on Saturday.

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Speaking to the Reading Post, new Royals boss Steve Clarke has called on fans to boost the atmosphere at the Madejski Stadium. Starting this Saturday with the visit of Watford, Clarke wants the supporters to "make the place intimidating, shout for every decision, pressure the officials and encourage the players."

Clarke's last visit to the Mad Stad was when he took charge of his previous side, West Bromwich Albion, in the famous 3-2 win over the West Midlands side. Reading looked lost at 2-0 following a Romelu Lukaku brace, but goals from Jimmy Kebe, Adam Le Fondre and Pavel Pogrebnyak sealed the unlikeliest of turnarounds for Brian McDermott's team.

That seems to have made an impression on Clarke, appointed on Tuesday as replacement for the sacked Nigel Adkins...

"I call that the car-crash game because it was a game we (West Brom) should have won comfortably. We were leading 2-0 with less than 10 minutes to go and it should have been more than two... But it also showed the power of Reading at home because once they got a sniff at 2-1, that team went for the kill and managed to win 3-2. Hopefully that's something I can instill in the team in the coming months."