Rock-bottom Reading FC must be brave - McDermottBy Jonny Fordham
September 22, 2012
Brian McDermott has told his Reading players that they need to be braver on the ball following their 1-0 defeat to West Brom.
Rock-bottom Royals prop up the Premier League on just one point and things don't get any easier with Alan Pardew's Newcastle United coming to Madejski Stadium next Saturday.
However, McDermott believes his side are progressing, despite not managing a win in their last four.
He said: "It looked like it was a 0-0 game - or it should have been at least," said the Royals boss.
"I know they hit the post in the first half, but there wasn't much in it and they [West Brom] will regard that as an ugly win. We wanted it to be an ugly win that went our way.
"We have to take the positives. We were better than we were against Spurs, but I know we are better with the ball than we're showing at this moment in time.
"We need to create more chances, be braver with the ball and have more touches in and around their box.
"And this league is unforgiving. Alex McCarthy played well in goal, but he didn't have a chance for the goal - we should have blocked the shot.
"And, at the moment, anything that could go against us is going against us. That won't stay the same throughout the season."
Royals could be handed a major boost if winger Jimmy Kebe can prove his fitness before Wednesday's League Cup game at QPR.
"We need a run of games more than anything else right now," McDermott added.
"It's really important that we get that run of games and stick together as a group, do what we've always done.
"We've got two big players in Jimmy Kebe and Jason Roberts hopefully coming back soon and that will be a big plus for the group.
"But we've really got to show our personality in the next game and come out fighting."