Crosby calls for pride
Assistant manager Andy Crosby has called for the Royals to keep playing with pride as they welcome Manchester City to Madejski Stadium.
Despite having relegation confirmed following a draw with Q.P.R, Reading bounced back with an eye-catching win over Fulham, and Nigel Adkins’ right hand man believes there is still plenty to play for.
“The response from the players as soon as we got into training after QPR was spot on, and that was evident in the performance against Fulham,” he said.
“There was still lots to play for, both for individuals and collectively. We are playing with pride, we won't go down without a fight. We don't want to finish bottom and that showed in the performance. We've improved in every game and that culminated in the Fulham game.
“We're looking forward to a midweek game against last year's Champions. These are the games you want to play in, there are six points up for grabs in our last two games and we all want six, no doubt about it.”
City have faced a tough few days, with defeat in the FA Cup Final followed by the departure of Roberto Mancini on Monday evening – but Crosby doesn’t believe that will make Reading’s task any easier.
“When you play the top four sides there are dangers all over the pitch. You set out a plan to frustrate them but also to cause problems with the ball. It's about finding the balance. They will have a strong team out, it might be closer to their West Brom game than the cup final but it will be full of internationals. But it's about what we do and how we can cause them problems.”