Defender pulls no punchesStephen Kelly has labelled the Royals’ performance at Birmingham as simply not good enough.
After conceding two early goals at St Andrew’s, Glenn Murray’s reply had got Reading back into the game before two further strikes had the hosts 4-1 in front at the break.
Two second-half goals completed a miserable afternoon but Kelly insists that the entire squad are determined to turn things around.
“We’ve got a very close-knit group of players, everyone gets on really well, and we're all gutted,” said the Irish full-back. “Obviously we aren’t happy with Saturday – there weren’t any sing songs on the bus home.
“Over the course of the weekend, you don’t get over this. This won’t blow over quickly and we all need to look at ourselves and assess how we did and where we need to improve.
“We need to make it up next week and, as a footballer, that’s what you have to do. Some of the lads are beating themselves up and I’ve said to them ‘listen, these are the games where you have to show character to be able to bounce back from this
and pick yourselves back and come back stronger’.
“We need to have that determination to never let something like this happen again and all of us need to adopt that attitude.”
He continued: “All we can is apologise to the supporters who travelled up and paid to watch that,” said the Irish full-back. “It wasn’t good enough as a Reading player or as a Reading team.
“To be showing up and putting in that kind of performance against a team that we should be competitive against, although they’ve done well lately, was unacceptable.
“As a team and a club, I’ve always known Reading as a side that are pushing for promotion, or there or thereabouts. Last season, to miss out was disappointing and this year to be where we are is not good enough.
“With the players we have it’s especially not good enough. We have to go away and look at it, regroup and go again next week. That’s all you can do.
“Everyone her wants the same things. We all want to play in the Premier League again and to perform well for this club.”