Boss speaks on starting XI
Brian McDermott has once again reaffirmed that Alex Pearce's contract situation had absolutely no bearing on team selection.
The boss has said many times that the two matters are completely unrelated, and he was happy to clearly reinforce that message to the press after Saturday's game. He simply picked what he though was the best team for that match.
Brian made his defensive choice this weekend based on our previous performances at Stoke and Manchester United, and said on Reading FC Player and BBC Berkshire, "The contract does not come into it at all.
"I thought Morrison was excellent against United and it was just a personnel decision. You live and die by that.
"I spoke to Pearcey on Friday, I said to him he needs to do better [for both goals against Stoke]. He had to do better picking up Robert Huth for the set play and then when Jerome turned him for the second goal. He accepted that.
"Obviously I'm frustrated with the contract situation, it's a good offer, he's got to make his mind up. He says he wants to stay and play for me, he has to make his own mind up on that."
Lastly Brian was asked about Danny Guthrie, saying, "He wasn't selected for the squad. He [also] didn't train this morning with a slight calf problem."