Skipper on defeat to BrentfordRoyals skipper Paul McShane feels that defeat at the hands of Brentford will only give the team more hunger to get back to winning ways and push on in the New Year.
Reading are back in action at Madejski Stadium next weekend against Bristol City, and the captain wants the disappointment of a setback against the Bees on Monday to provide extra motivation on Saturday.
“You have to be upset,” McShane said after the full-time whistle. “You need to have a day of mourning after a loss, because if you take losses in your stride then it can become a habit.
“It needs to hurt deep down, and then you gather yourself after a couple of days and you get ready for the next game and try to put it right.
“After a loss, it can be good to ponder – I think we’ve been doing a lot of pondering in the last 12 games. We need to start turning these games into wins, and it needs to happen now. I feel this team should be in the top six.”
While the performance levels against Wolves and Brentford over the Christmas period were good, Reading left empty-handed from both games.
McShane is hopeful that Reading can discover a ruthless streak, so that they can come away with the results they deserve – and not get caught out against unforgiving teams.
“We did play some good stuff at times, but to be honest I’d rather play bad and win the game,” he explained. “We have to start turning these games into wins, or we’ll continue doing that for the whole season.
“We need to have the knowhow to win games. Even when it goes to 1-1, we shouldn’t concede. Brentford did score two good goals – but we don’t want to keep going the way we’re going throughout the season otherwise we’ll end up mid-table or below.
“I think we did well to get the equaliser – our tails were up and we’ve been hit with a sucker-punch with a goal by them.
“The goals are avoidable. I know they are two good goals, but we’ll look back at them and know they could be prevented. You’ve got to look back at your performance all the time and try to improve in the next game – that’s what players should be doing after every performance; analysing their game and trying to improve on certain aspects.”