Simon Grayson expects a tough battle from Championship side Reading, who have impressed under the guidance of new manager, Mark Bowen.
The Seasiders travel to Berkshire on Saturday in the third round of the Emirates FA Cup, with Saturday’s opponents in fine form, having won their last four matches.
“They’ve done really well since Mark Bowen has gone in,” Grayson said.
“There seems to be a good togetherness within the squad and they’ve won a good few games over the last few weeks. We’ll certainly be the under dogs going into the game, but we’ll go there and see where it takes us.
“We’re going there to win and will do everything we can to get back to winning ways and get through to the next stage of the competition.”
Former Seasider, Charlie Adam, now plies his trade at the Royals and Grayson is looking forward to coming up against the midfielder, who remains a hugely popular figure at Bloomfield Road.
“He wished me Happy New Year the other day,” Grayson joked.
“It was good to see that he’d scored a goal the other day against Fulham, and that he’s managed to force his way into the team of late.
“Let’s see if he’s fit to play two games in three days, which I’m sure he’ll be desperate to do.”