For Michael Hector, the game is an opportunity to line up against the side where it all began for him and the centre back has happy memories of his time at the Madejski Stadium where he progressed through the Academy before making 63 senior appearances.
“I still have friends there and I still look out for their results, so it’s a game I’m looking forward to,” said Hector.
“Reading was the club that gave me my chance in football and gave me my first contract. It’s a time that I look back on with a smile on my face but obviously I only have one focus this weekend and that is to help us to get a result.”
Although Hector has mainly been used as a central defender since arriving at the KCOM on loan from Chelsea in the summer, he has played a couple of games as a central midfielder – a role he previously operated in at Reading under the management of Adkins.
“Nigel gave me my first real chance at Reading after I’d had a number of loan moves and he’s still the same positive character here at Hull. You can see that in training and in our performances, although we now need the results to go with those.
“When I first got into the Reading side, the manager played me in midfield. Recently here, we had a few injuries in midfield and he asked me to do a job for the team. Playing football is the main thing for me, it doesn’t matter which position I play.”
Bringing things back to the present and Hector knows the Tigers have a big couple of weeks ahead of them with Saturday’s game against Reading followed by a trip to fellow strugglers Sunderland.
“It’s a big period for the squad and we obviously need to start winning games,” continued Hector.
“If we can keep our processes going and the performances that we’ve put in recently, I feel that the results will come.
“We’re taking it game by game though, and Reading are in a funny little run themselves at the moment. They’re a good side that got to the play-off final last season and it is more-or-less the same squad but they haven’t been getting the results that they want this time.
“I think this will be a good game between two good squads and we’re looking forward to it.”
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