FA Cup semi-final: Reading have to be perfect - Steve Clarke

Steve Clarke
Steve Clarke succeeded Nigel Adkins as Reading manager in December 2014
FA Cup semi-final: Reading v Arsenal
Venue: Wembley Date: Saturday, 18 April Programme starts: 17:05 BST
Coverage: Live on BBC One, HD, Red Button, Radio 5 live, BBC Radio Berkshire, online, mobile, the BBC Sport app and Connected TV.

Reading manager Steve Clarke says his side must "play the perfect game" if they are to beat Arsenal in Saturday's FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.

The Royals take on the holders and Clarke is aware of the difficult task his side face.

However, he believes the Championship club can cause an upset and reach their first ever FA Cup final.

"We have to play well, the perfect game with no mistakes and have to find a way to score a goal," Clarke told the BBC.

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"We need to find a way to be creative. We will find ourselves in good positions not very often and that may help focus the minds and maybe we can produce the type of moments of quality to score.

"In football anything is possible, it's 11 versus 11. If we can play to our maximum, play without mistakes then we have a chance to go through."

The Royals, who defeated Bradford 3-0 in a replay to reach the semi-final, have endured a difficult league campaign and are still not mathematically safe from relegation.

And the former West Brom boss says all the pressure will be on the 11-time winners.

"Arsenal are going to play how they play," Clarke told BBC South Today. "We have to concentrate on ourselves and make sure we are right. If we get everything right and don't win then at least we can say we gave our best.

"We can go into the game with a little bit of freedom. Everyone in the country expects Arsenal go through. We'll have a good support and hopefully we give them something to shout about."

Friday's South Today will be live from the Match of the Day studio at Wembley.

Tony Husband will be joined by Royals legend and BBC Radio Berkshire presenter Ady Williams to look ahead to the big game between 18:30-19:00 BST with features and news ahead of the club's first FA Cup semi-final since 1927. The programme will also take a look behind the scenes at the stadium on the eve of the tie.

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