Reading boss Paul Clement has been impressed with the positive attitude that his team have been bringing to training this week as we prepare for our next challenge against Bristol City this weekend.
“Considering the disappointing results, the players are still upbeat,” Clement said. “They are still upbeat, confident, and I see them being professional and working hard. Everyone’s really motivated to do well. And the players are staying positive, still maintaining confidence in a difficult period.
“When I came back in for the first training session after the last game, the players trained really well. Really well. I was expecting the spirit to be down and the mood to be down, but they were really bright. Focused, getting on with their job, and it was a great thing to see, nobody moping around.
“That’s the best way to go about your business… not feeling sorry for ourselves. We’ve not done well enough but there’s a real positive attitude towards making a change and turning a corner.
“There is no magic answer. If there were an easy couple of remedies, everyone would be doing it! Often what is required is just getting down to it, working hard every day in training, trying to get the details right. That’s what we focus on.”
That kind of determination is a prerequisite for the Royals boss. He won’t want anything but total commitment to getting the result this Saturday against the Robins.
“One of the easiest things to do is find excuses… I’m working with the players to make sure that that’s not the case,” Clement continued.
“We’ll control what we can, we’ll work hard on the details, keep the spirit and stay together and not look to point blame. We’ll give ourselves a good chance that way.
“We have to put everything we’ve got onto the pitch and be really good across all areas. We might defend better, but then we’ve still got to try and attack and score goals.
“What I would like to see at the end of the performance, when I look at the players, is that they’ve left blood and sweat on the pitch. They’ve given it absolutely everything.
“I know if the players are doing that and I can see it in their eyes and from their effort and how they’re working - that’s what I want to see in the players.”