Steve Bruce says Reading will offer a completely different challenge to Cardiff – but stresses it will be an equally difficult battle.
The Bluebirds adopted a combative approach as they saw off Bruce’s men 3-0 in South Wales.
The Royals – under former Red Devil Jaap Stam – are seen as one of the more pleasing on the eye sides in the Championship.
Bruce is aware of this alternative attitude to football but knows Staam’s side will make it immensely awkward for his team.
It will always be a difficult game at Reading. They had a good season last year, making the play-offs.
He said: “We are playing the complete opposites in these two away games.
“Cardiff are physical and up-and-at-you – a typical Neil Warnock team.
“Now we have Reading who play a completely different way. That sums up the Championship.
“It’s a big challenge ahead but one we will be ready for.”
Bruce says his players will have a point to prove when they visit the Madejski Stadium.
He added: “In the Championship the games come around thick and fast.
“It will always be a difficult game at Reading. They had a good season last year, making the play-offs.
“It will be a tough game, no question. We have to be ready for it.
“We have to perform to a level far better than we have performed at Cardiff.
“I will maybe look at different personnel or a different formation again. Maybe we’re not ready to play strikers again. I will look at all of those things.”
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