Joey van den Berg can’t wait to face Newcastle United on Tuesday night.
The Reading midfielder saying ‘it is always good to play against the teams at the top’.
Signed on a free transfer from Heerenveen states that ‘Newcastle are obviously a big name in football’ but that Reading are prepared for the challenge.
Not sure if he recalls but Joey van den Berg was actually at Heerenveen and had just turned 19 when Newcastle played the Dutch club in the UEFA Cup back in 2005.
The young midfielder wasn’t included in either matchday squad 12 years ago and Newcastle won both legs 2-1.
The Reading player is hoping for a big turn out of fans as they look to keep hold of the chance of being automatic promotion contenders, rather than settling for the play-offs.
Reading are fifth on 63 points, two behind Leeds in third but trail Brighton by eight, a win over Newcastle would give them a major boost after recent away defeats to Brighton and Huddersfield.
As for hopes of a full house, Saturday’s home win over Wolves attracted 18,629 paying fans and the last home midweek one saw 15,710 turn up for a 3-2 win over Brentford on Valentine’s night.
The capacity is around twenty four thousand and the last promotion season saw Newcastle win 2-1 at Reading on an April midweek night in 2010, two goals from Nolan and an own goal from Simpson was played out in front of 23,163.
Newcastle have sold their full allocation of around four thousand tickets so Joey van den Berg might at least see one of his wishes come true, when it comes to more or less a full house.
Joey van den Berg:
“I am looking forward to Tuesday’s clash with Newcastle.
“It’s always good to play against the teams at the top of the league.
“Newcastle are obviously a big name in football but we are ready for it and we need to show them what we can do.
“Hopefully we can have a full house on Tuesday, it’s a massive game.
“All the games that are coming up are very important for our play-off ambitions.
“We want to be up there and we need to step up our game and hopefully get the results we need.”