A club philosophy...
WNG. Three letters that have defined Reading Football Club for a number of years now – and a philosophy built deep into the walls of Madejski Stadium.
For those not in the know, the acronym is short for “Win Next Game” – and is regularly featured on various motivational posters across Hogwood Park - and in whichever dressing room the squad prepare to do battle from.
Often the phrase is written off as one in a long line of footballing clichés – but speak to members of Brian McDermott’s squad, and you’ll quickly see that they firmly believe in the cause. Indeed - the manager has revealed that the first text message he received after taking his post was from Steve Coppell, and it comprised of nothing but those three key letters!
“That’s what it’s all about,” Hal Robson-Kanu told readingfc.co.uk.
“It’s the key concept for winning points in the league. Beating Manchester United doesn’t get you any more points than beating Aston Villa. That approach instils in us what’s important – and that’s winning games. It’s worked over the previous seasons, it’s a massive part of why we’ve done so well, and it has to be the same for this season. We know every game is as important as the next.”
When quizzed in a pre-match press conference as to whether this weekend’s game with Villa was the proverbial ‘six pointer’ – skipper Jobi McAnuff gave another insight into the club’s WNG philosophy.
“The words six pointer are used and the extra significance people put on it outside the game is understandable, but at the end of the day we go out there and try and win the game,” said Jobi.
“Are we supposed to try harder against certain teams than others, just because it’s perceived that we’re more likely or less likely to get a result? You can’t think like that – all you can do is focus on the next game. We know we need to perform.”