Manager previews Macron Stadium visitRoyals gaffer Brian McDermott is treating this weekend’s visit to the Championship’s basement club Bolton with the utmost respect.
The Trotters’ off-the-pitch difficulties this season have been well-documented, while on the field they have also been suffering. A crushing 6-0 defeat at relegation-rivals Bristol City before the international weekend left them 12 points adrift of safety at the bottom of the table.
But the Royals boss is expecting nothing but a difficult challenge from Bolton and knows that his team can’t afford to bring anything less than their best to the Macron Stadium.
“Bolton is a brilliant club – you look back at the Premier League years and the players that they signed and had at that club and the fanbase they have got,” said the Reading manager. “It’s a terrific club and you want to wish clubs like that great success because of the history they have got and how well they have done in the past.
“I’m sure that they will do well in the future going forward. They want to stabilise themselves going forward at this moment in time.
“It’s important that you do things right, and that’s what we are trying to do here. We’re trying to do that best we possibly can every single day and trying to create something again moving forward. Bolton will be doing the same – trying to create something special.
“It’s a tough time for them; we’ve got nothing but respect for their experienced players and young players that they have got there, and their staff. We will look forward to going there – it’s always a good place to play football.
“They are where they are in the league, but we know that we’re coming up against some experienced players and some good young players. We’ve got to go there and be at our best.
“It’s important that we get the right performance; we want to get the ball down and play and pass it around. If we can do all the right things, we also want to make sure that we get the right outcome.”