Reading FC assistant maanger Alex Rae is calling for personal pride’ ahead of the final home match of the season against West Brom.

The Royals go into the game against the Baggies with very little on the line, having secured their Championship survival with two games to spare against Hull City last weekend.

There is also the contract situation to contend with as only seven players are under contract into next season and very little likelihood of many staying due to the financial situation at the SCL Stadium.

However, former Scotland international Rae feels there is still much to play for on Saturday.


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Speaking to the media ahead of the match, Rae said: “We don’t want to just pitch up on the last day of the season. There will be players who probably won’t be here, so it is an opportunity to go out with a bang. We’ve still got Luton to contend with, but you always want to go out to try and get something from the game.

“We went to see them a couple of weeks ago and they were two nil down to Huddersfield and you think it’s not a good night, by the time we got to the car it was 2-2, so they’ve got a fighting spirit. They’ve got a good squad of players that are well chaptered and versed at this level.

They’ve got Steve Agnew, who I played with at Sunderland, and Brucey [Steve Bruce] with Ince. I was driving home miserable having lost to one of my old teammates Shota Arvelatze [Hull City manager] so there’s personal pride.”

Arriving with the club in deep relegation trouble, four points over the Easter weekend was enough to help haul the side over the line and cement their place in the second tier for a ninth straight season since relegation from the Premier League in 2013.


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Delving into pressures taken on, Rae is ‘delighted’ that they’ve done what they set out to achieve.

He continued: “It’s been an incredible couple of months. It’s been challenging but we’re delighted to get there with a couple of months to spare. When you factor in some of the circumstances, I’ve never known it, we’ve more or less lost a player per game since we got here.

“I’ve been involved with the media in Scotland for a while, so I take a keen interest in football across all of the divisions. They were obviously going through a difficult moment and the previous manager managed to get an important win before we got in the door but having looked across the course of the season they went on little spurts of having three or four games and then dip a bit.


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"It was important to get that run going where we could get some points over a five or six game period, and thankfully that was the case because we’ve got over the line with a couple of games to go.

“After the Nottingham Forest defeat, Paul usually takes the team afterwards but asked if I wanted to say something.

"I just said that it is an important time for the club- the ramifications for everyone around the club and the 150th anniversary, I know how much this means to everyone affiliated to the club and going down was not an option. From that perspective it was important that the players were aware of that, and they responded.”