McDermott: Reading FC still have a lot of work to doBy Jonny Fordham
July 25, 2012
Reading left "too much work on the training pitch" as they lost 2-0 to Sheffield Wednesday, according to manager Brian McDermott.
Two late goals in either half by Mike Jones and Chris O'Grady won the game for Dave Jones' side in Albuefeira.
But McDermott is looking to bounce back on Friday against Portuguese Premiera Liga side Sporting Clube Olhanense, managed by Sérgio Conceição.
He said: "It's good that we had another 45 minutes and got a lot of work under our belt.
"But we left a lot of work on the training pitch and Friday is another game for us.
"I'm looking forward to getting back to what we're good at.
"It's more important to me to get my team right and we still obviously have an awful lot to do.
"We will probably play 60/30 in the next two games and then after that we will be looking more to the game against Stoke."
Pavel Pogrebnyak made his Reading debut alongside Adam Le Fondre in the second half and he will get another step closer to match fitness from more game time on Friday.
"It was great to see Pavel get his first 45 minutes for Reading and you can see he is a quality player," added McDermott.
"We're looking forward to working with him."
Right-back Chris Gunter will have another scan on his injured ankle today and he is unlikely to play until Reading return to England on Saturday.
Goalkeeper Adam Federici will also not feature as he is given time to recover from a rib injury and a summer spent with Australia.
His understudy Alex McCarthy (quad) could be fit to step in against Olhanense, but midfielder Jem Karacan will play no part as he is brought back gradually from breaking his ankle.