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Crosby hails Royals squad

29 April 2014

Assistant boss praises players

Reading's assistant manager Andy Crosby has acknowledged the importance of professionalism within the squad to cope with the rigours of the Sky Bet Championship season. 

Cameo performances by Jake Taylor and Michael Hector played a part in Saturday's 3-1 win away to Doncaster, whilst Mikele Leigertwood stepped up after a season plagued with injury to put in an assured performance in central midfield. 

"The most important message the manager stresses on a daily, weekly and seasonal basis is that it is not just about the players that play the majority of games, it’s everyone," said Crosby.

"If called upon you have to be ready. The way you train is important. For 'Ledge' to play 90 minutes is a credit to him as a human being, as a professional footballer – I’m sure he’s an inspiration to the likes of Jordan, Jake and Michael Hector in the way he conducts his life. Jake gets on the pitch and he gives us the energy that impetus to go forward. The quality of his cross for Pavs goal was top class. He trains with an intensity and purpose every single day and there’s his reward."

There was also praise for the centre back pairing of Sean Morrison and Alex Pearce - with the secret to the latter's silky footwork revealed! 

"It wasn’t until he started wearing white boots that he started to do that! The lads have obviously given him loads of grief! But to make the interception, stride forward and show that composure is credit to him. The two centre halves second half were fantastic, Chris Brown is a physical problem and a focal point for Doncaster, but second half they started to step in front and win headers back, it got us on the front foot a bit quicker than the first half." 

Reading v Burnley
Saturday 3rd May, kick-off 12.15pm

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