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Bernard: ‘It’s a good test for me’

3 December 2021

Defender Di’Shon Bernard is excited by the prospect of potentially coming up against ex-Premier League striker Andy Carroll as the Tigers face Reading.

The 32-year-old striker has signed a short-term deal with the Royals that will keep him in Berkshire until mid-January. He scored his first goal for Reading last weekend against Swansea City, and Bernard is looking forward to testing himself against such an experienced player.  

“I’ve seen a lot of him from when he played in the Premier League,” Bernard explained. 

“It should be another good test. Hopefully, I can show people what I can do against the more experienced strikers. It makes you a better player when you play against better players. It’s a good test for me and hopefully I can do well. 

“It’s really impressive that he’s still playing at such a high level at his age. I know he’s tall and good in the air, so aerial duels will be a battle. He’s a Premier League player, so he’s quality with his feet as well. 

“I saw his goal in their last game where he brought the ball down and shot near post, so it’s definitely something I’ve looked at and hopefully I can stop him.” 

The Tigers are set to travel to the Select Car Leasing Stadium in search of their fifth successive victory in the Sky Bet Championship, with Reading currently sat a point below in the league table. However, despite their league position, Bernard says he and his teammates will not be approaching the game any differently.  

“We’ll just set out to win the game,” Bernard added.  

“That’s what we want to do. I don’t think it matters if they’re above us or below us - we’ll just set out to try and get the three points.  

“We’ve had a look at them and know their strengths and weaknesses. They’ve got good players, but we’ve also got quality as well. Hopefully, we can get the win. 

“It would be a great achievement (to win five in a row), but we’re taking it every game as it comes.”

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