Reading boss Paul Ince labelled Saturday's opponents Queens Park Rangers 'wounded animals' after their FA Cup third round exit to League One strugglers Fleetwood Town.

Neil Critchely, formerly of Liverpool and Blackpool, blasted the R's performance as 'embarassing' and has demandeed a response.

This is something Ince is very cautious of, but demands his players to perform at home.

"They’re a wounded animal," he stated. "If you look at the game prior to that against Sheffield United, they were two or three seconds from winning. You look at the stats, but I always look at the performances and the game against Sheffield United they played some very good stuff.

"They’re a dynamic side with good players, [Ilias] Chair back from the World Cup and [Chris] Willock has been out but he looks back to where he is so they’re a very good side. We have to make sure structurally we are right. I’m looking forward to it, it’ll be a good game. Neil, I know very well from Liverpool, and he wasn’t best pleased so like any manager you want a response."

Beating the Royals 2-1 at Loftus Road, a night where Reading went temporarily top of the league after Andy Carroll scored from the penalty spot, the West London side will be hoping to record a first league double for a decade.

Just three points separates both sides from the play-offs.