McDermott doesn't have Reading FC "favourites"By Jonny Fordham
November 27, 2012
Brian McDermott responded to vocal fans claiming he has his "favourites" by stating that no Reading player is undroppable.
Supporters who gave their player ratings following Royals' 2-1 win over Everton were critical of the performances of skipper Jobi McAnuff and experienced centre-back Kaspars Gorkss.
McAnuff, who scored 5.5 out of 10 and Gorkss (5.4) were then on the receiving end of even harsher marks following the 3-2 defeat at Wigan with just 4.5 and 2.9, the lowest rating all season, respectively.
However, Royals boss McDermott stated: "No one is undroppable."
McDermott is unlikely to drop his captain for tonight's trip to Aston Villa (8pm kick-off), but Gorkss is walking a thin line - despite starting every single Premier League game this season.
"He's up for selection," said McDermott.
"I would never talk about an individual's performance levels, I talk about that team. That wouldn't be right."
Reading will again be without injury-hit midfielders Jimmy Kebe (groin), Jem Karacan (knee) and Danny Guthrie (thigh).
And goalkeeper Alex McCarthy has also tweeted that he expects to be out for two more weeks at least.
He said: "Won't be back for a couple of weeks, shoulder getting better but still not right."