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Jobi: We take responsibility

26 March 2014

Captain fronts up

Royals captain Jobi McAnuff gave a frank assessment of Reading's 3-1 defeat to Barnsley when speaking after the game on Tuesday night.

The midfielder admitted that our performance was well below par, and that a real team effort is required to put things right.

"It's all well and good talking, it's about doing it out on the pitch and that's what we have to do now," he told readingfc.co.uk.

"We've all got to have a look at ourselves and make sure we do the best we can do when we go out on the pitch. We have to take responsibility for our performance.

"We're not playing great at home. Regardless of whether you're playing home or away, first and foremost you have to turn up. And for long periods against Barnsley we didn't.

"We've got to get them (the fans) on our side, and we do that with our performance. It wasn't good enough, but it's going to take a team effort from everybody - the players on the pitch, the fans and everybody - to try and get over the line."

And McAnuff says that this Saturday's home game with Huddersfield is a great opportunity to react in the right way to a disappointing loss.

"No moping about. We've got to make sure we're right for this weekend to get back on track," the skipper added.

"We'll have a look at it. We need to put it to bed quickly and move on. There's a great chance to put it right on Saturday and that's what we'll be trying to do.

"We're in the top six, we've got eight games to go, we've got a great chance of making the play-offs. That's the long and short of it. That's the way we've got to look at it.

"We'd rather be here trying to get into the play-offs than at the other end of the table. We've got to embrace that pressure and make sure we're there at the end of the season."


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