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28 January 2016

Walsall face Reading in the FA Cup fourth round...

Andy Taylor is confident Walsall can claim another Championship scalp when they take on Reading in the FA Cup fourth round.

The Saddlers have beaten three second-tier sides already this season - Brentford in the FA Cup and Nottingham Forest and Brighton in the League Cup.

And left-back Taylor says his side are hopeful of causing another upset against Brian McDermott's Royals.

"Having already beaten three Championship sides, it does gives us a boost," admitted Taylor.

“We’ve proved that we can more than match Championship teams so we’ll go there with no fear.

“We got a good win against Brentford in the last round and it’s another chance to test ourselves against a good Championship club.

“We’re on a good run of form so confidence is high and we’ll be going there looking to win the game."

Walsall have not reached the FA Cup fifth round since 2003 - and Taylor is determined to end that 13-year wait.

“It’d be brilliant to get through," he said.

“It’s always nice to go on a cup run; it breeds confidence and gives you the opportunity to play against bigger teams and in bigger stadiums.

“It creates a feel good factor around the club which then helps the league form.

“We’ll be the underdogs but hopefully we can cause another upset.”

Reading, who are currently 15th in the Championship, overcame Huddersfield after a replay to reach this stage.

And Taylor believes the Berkshire club will pose a stern test.

“They’re a good Championship team with good Championship players,” he said.

“They will still have ambitions of getting into the play-offs so it’ll be a good test for us.

“But we’ll go there full of confidence, try to enjoy the game and hopefully we’ll get the win to get through to the next round.”

Today is the final day to purchase your Reading tickets from the Banks's Stadium ticket office.

Tickets will be available at Reading on the day of the game but there will be a price increase of £5 for adults and £3 for seniors, young persons and juniors.

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