Captain McShane reflects on disappointing seasonThe Royals’ 2015/16 campaign ended on a disappointing note with a 3-1 defeat in Blackburn – but a frank-talking Paul McShane is determined to make sure that Reading get the balance right in the new season.
Speaking after the final game, the skipper had no desire to hide his disappointment in the way the league campaign had panned out. But that frustration has only fuelled his desire to lead a hungry, gritty team to a successful season in 2016/17.
“We started off really sloppy in the first 20 minutes and we didn’t really get going,” reflected McShane after the Ewood Park outing.
“It was misplaced pass after misplaced pass and balls out of play… simple, basic things that we haven’t been getting right for the second half of the season. It pretty much summed our season up.
“But you have to stick with football and persevere, because things can change really quick – I’m looking forward to next season already, and I’ll get myself mentally and physically ready for pre-season and hopefully get a good start and see where it takes us.
“It’s about being able to win games and having that bit of know-how. We certainly haven’t had that this season. We’ve made too many mistakes, we’ve conceded too many bad goals, and we haven’t really scored many either. It has been a bad combination of everything and something we need to put right in the summer.
“We’ve played some really good football at times and played some really good games, but we haven’t kept consistency up. We’re 17th in the league for a reason. Overall we’ve not been good enough.
“I don’t mind young lads coming in and making honest mistakes. Rob Dickie came in today and did really well at right-back. He’s an honest, hard-working lad that wants to do well. If we have a group that want that and can do that, we’ll be up there.”
It has been a ‘hard knocks’ kind of a season for the supporters too. And the captain paid tribute to the support that the team have received through thick and thin across the campaign.
“Fair play to those fans that travel a long way – they are a true hard core,” he reflected. 446 made the journey to Ewood Park to get behind the Royals for the season-closer.
“The fans have been really good home and away – at home when we’ve played some good football and had some good performances they have created a great atmosphere at the Madejski.
“It has been a tough season away from home, like coming away to Blackburn today where there’s nothing to play for and the teams aren’t fighting for anything in particular. But they still turn up in their numbers and support the lads. We appreciate everything the fans have done for us this season.”