Reading FC manager Veljko Paunovic says he will rotate his side for Saturday's FA Cup third round tie with Kidderminster Harriers but recognises the occasion will present a "challenge" for his team.

"We want to win the game," Paunovic said when questioned about his side's priorities. "We want to win for many reasons. We want to recover the confidence, the best way to recover your shape and form is by winning games. There’s an opportunity for us and our players to recover their form and good sensations about going back on the field. Of course, our priority is the league and in that case, we will put a team out there that is competitive and looking to win the game. We will be competitive.

"Definitely a few changes. But even at this point, we are assessing players, how many minutes we can actually give to those who are coming back from injury. The good thing is you have five substitutions for this competition so you can manage a bit more. But still, you’ve gotta be very careful because if the game doesn’t go our way and we have to play extra time…that’s additional time you have to be aware of.

The Serbian also added that he has been watching multiple Kidderminster games in preparation for Saturday.

"We watched a few games, I’m not going to say which games! They look very good, they look like a very good squad, I think they’re very compact, very organised, they have experience, very dynamic players in attack, front four capable of scoring goals, capable of competing in games with their opponents, good goalkeeper also…they look very good.

"But as I’ve also told our players: everyone on their team wants a place in Reading or a place in the Championship so they’re going to be extra-motivated. That is going to be a big challenge for us and we have to be very competitive, everyone has to fight for their spot."