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Feds: I'm confident it'll change

21 October 2014

'We'll stand up and be counted'

Goalkeeper Adam Federici says the Royals' defending has been below par in recent weeks - and vowed that the players are giving everything to get back to winning ways.

Nigel Adkins' men actually put in a reasonable performance against Derby on Saturday, but defensive slips saw us go down 3-0 to the high-flying Rams.

Adam knows we need to cut out those errors, and is looking forward to the opportunity to put things right at Bournemouth tonight.

Speaking to the local press after Saturday's match he said, "It wasn't great obviously, very disappointing and sloppy goals, it's obvious we don't give ourselves a chance in games at the moment giving away these goals. We need to work on that in training, it's been soft and poor defending from all of us.

"It's always hard in the Championship with the amount of games that you have, the games are only a couple of days apart so there's not much time to fix things. We need to come together as a team, stand up and be counted.

"Am I confident it'll change? 100%. We've not been giving ourselves a chance, but we are a good team. We looked dangerous on Saturday going forward, but in both boxes we've not been first to the ball and we've shot ourselves in the foot defensively.

"And I like to think we've still got the confidence because we're a good team who play good football. Going forward I thought we caused one of the best teams in the Championship some trouble. But we don't give ourselves hope with sloppy goals, it's been a theme but hopefully we can get back to performances like the Fulham one not too long ago.

"We've got massive belief in the squad which is good, young players coming through, older ones coming back so there's still a lot of positives to come in the future hopefully.

"Now it's Bournemouth, they are a very good team, well organised so it's another hard one for us. But we should be looking forward to it, hopefully get a clean sheet because we did that not long ago at Leeds, and the clean sheets have been hard-earned."

Tonight's game kicks off at 7:45pm and you can follow the action live on our Twitter feed @ReadingFC.

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