"It's been hard work, every single day we've been grafting with them, double sessions, focusing on Reading and what we can do to beat them," the head coach said.

"Robbie [Keane] goes away with the Republic of Ireland on the international break, I knew that when he came to the football club.

"I try to bring in coaches from the Academy, it's good for them to see the pathway and they are experienced coaches - we've put on good sessions and it's good for the players to hear a different voice."

Boro signed off with a 2-2 draw at Ashton Gate before the break in fixtures, which Woodgate described as his side's best performance yet. That means it'll be tweaks not wholesale changes he's looking for come Saturday.

"We need to improve a few things from the Bristol game and we've worked on that rigorously to be honest," he said.

"It's been a constant theme in training, a few tweaks here and there and we'll be ready for Reading."

Watch the full interview with Jonathan Woodgate in the video player above.

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Boro v Reading
Saturday 14 September. KO 3pm

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