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McShane; 'We've got to get it right'

16 March 2016

Skipper wants Royals to build consistent winning mentality

Reading skipper, Paul McShane, has called for mental resilience from the Royals following their narrow defeat at the hands of promotion chasing Brighton on Tuesday evening.

Despite just losing out in what was a tight game at the Amex, the Royals captain, wants more consistency from Reading as they look to pick up points between now and the end of the season.

“The mental resilience is what gets you out of this division and I think we’ve been lacking that,” commented McShane. “We’ve been inconsistent and that can’t happen, so we need to rectify that and get it right between now and Saturday so we can get the win against Cardiff.”

“There’s a lot of hurt people in the dressing room, because I think everybody knows we didn’t really turn up. I think maybe there was a bit of a hangover from Friday but everyone knows it wasn’t good enough against Brighton.”

Ahead of Saturday’s meeting with Cardiff and with ten games left to play in the Championship this season, McShane wants the Royals to start building a winning mentality so the team can get results on a consistent basis.

After Tuesday’s game the skipper revealed the Royals spoke at length in the dressing room addressing issues that the team want to change.

“We’ve got to start building things for next season and that has to start now, not tomorrow or next week but now. We’ve got Cardiff on Saturday and that’s one of ten more games left to play and we need to pick up points.”

“We know we can perform better than that, there have been a few words in the dressing room about stuff we need to get right. We don’t want to drop any further down the league and we want to finish the season strongly, that’s very, very important.”

Tuesday’s opponents Brighton moved up to second in the Championship table after their victory over the Royals, but McShane feels there is not a large gap between the two sides and the way the Seagulls approach games is something Reading need to replicate. 

“Brighton did the basics better than us, they were solid but they didn’t play that much pretty football.

“I don’t think they are actually a better side than us when you look at the players we have, but they are where they are because they are doing something right and they’re doing it better than us.

“It’s about having that mentality in every minute of every game,” McShane continued. “They do it week in week out, every Saturday and every Tuesday and we’re not. We need to get it right now, so we can go again on Saturday and get a positive result.”

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