ANDRIES Ulderink stressed Reading FC will treat tonight's FA Cup fourth-round clash at Sheffield Wednesday fixture as a league game (7.45pm ko).

Royals travel to Hillsborough to take on their fellow Championship strugglers for a place in round five.

Royals are without a win in eight league games, but saw off League 2 outfit Stevenage FC 3-0 in a third-round replay last week.

Wednesday also needed two attempts to get past League 2 Carlisle United in the last round, securing a 2-0 home win.

And assistant manager Ulderink says Royals will be prepared for whatever Jos Luhukay's Owls throw at them tonight.

"The players have worked really hard and they're in a good shape," stated Ulderink.

"It's another competition and it's a chance to win, to play a good game and build confidence which we can then take into the league.

"We want to perform in the FA Cup. We don't have any fresh injury worries so we will go with the full squad that's available.

"I don't feel like it's a distraction from the league.

"We prepare in the same way, we look at clips and look at how we can beat them.

"We want to have a result and go to the next round. We want a different feeling than we had after the Brentford game."

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Jon Dadi Bodvarsson claimed the matchball after his hat-trick against Stevenage in the FA Cup third-round replay.

Royals have scored just two league goals in their last seven Championship fixtures and have failed to find the net in the last three matches.

Jaap Stam's men suffered a 1-0 defeat to play-off chasing Brentford last Saturday when Lasse Vibe grabbed the winner.

However, Icelandic striker Jon Dadi Bodvarsson scored a hat-trick in the last round of the cup to see off plucky Stevenage.

And Ulderink backed his strikers to get back among the goals tonight.

"It would be strange if I said it [the lack of goals] didn't concern me.

"We know we have goal scorers in our team but we need to create opportunities and work on our build-up game.

"It's not just the players up front, it's a process. We had some good moments against Brentford but then out of nowhere we started losing the ball.

"Then the confidence dropped and we gave them a feeling that they could press us higher and the game switches.

"The only thing we can do is look at it, analyse it, talk to the players, train and give them confidence."

Captain Paul McShane, John Swift and Omar Richard have already been ruled out of tonight's clash with hamstring problems, while Jordan Obita, Joseph Mendes, Sam Smith and Callum Harriott are among the long-term casualties.

However, Leandro Bacuna could return after picking up a knock in the recent 0-0 draw at Hull City.

Ulderink stressed: “Every game is a game where you want to get a result,” he concluded.

“It’s another competition, it’s a chance to get a win and get some confidence which we can use in the league."