Brian calls for the Reading way
Brian McDermott has challenged his side to recapture the ethos that propelled them to the Championship title last season, ahead of a Capital One Cup clash with Q.P.R on Wednesday evening.
Although the Royals matched West Brom for large parts of their top flight clash at the Hawthorns last weekend, McDermott feels there was still something missing from the display.
“We need to start doing ourselves justice,” said Brian.
“There wasn’t too much in the game on Saturday, but we didn’t do enough with the ball to win it. We have to be much more difficult to play against, much more on the front foot and more of a goal threat, just like we have been in the last two and half years or so. It’s basically about getting the identity of our team back.
“We haven’t pressed the ball and got up the pitch as well as we might do. People who have watched us before know that we play good football, we get crosses into the box and try to score goals. We have to be far more efficient doing that now.”
Reading’s boss has also acknowledged that there could be changes made to the starting XI at Loftus Road, but far from a clichéd ‘second string’ – the side will present golden opportunities to those players searching for top flight football.
“I don’t think they will regard themselves as fringe players, they will regard themselves as players that can play in this division – and with the results that we’ve had in the last couple of games in particular it’s an opportunity to really impress and get us into the next round of the cup, which is the next important thing – and try to come in to the team.
“I’ve got no problems making those decisions. I’ll do the best for the team, the club – whatever. Each and every time I will go with my gut feel when picking the team. My job is to gel the team together, that’s what I’ll be trying to do. The most important thing is to keep going; nobody said it was going to be easy. It’s a fantastic division, I’m loving being involved – it’s a real challenge for me personally, the staff and the players.”