Reading manager promises more

Reading manager Brian McDermottReading manager Brian McDermott says he is not concerned over his side’s poor start to the Premier League campaign because he feels his players have more to offer.

The Royals, promoted to the top-flight at the end of last term, sit rock-bottom of the fledgling table having taken just one point from their opening four games. Defeats by Chelsea, Tottenham and West Brom mean Reading’s season is yet to ignite but McDermott is refusing to get downhearted over the slow start. He told Sky Sports:

“If after our last two games every single one of our players had played to the maximum level and we’d got beaten the way we got beaten, I’d be concerned. I can’t honestly turn round and say to you that at Spurs too many played to the max level, and I can’t against West Brom either. From the players’ point of view they’ll know there’s so much more to come and I know there’s so much more to come.”

McDermott is reluctant to dwell on the opening four results and prefers instead to look at how he can prepare his side for their upcoming games, with a Capital One Cup trip to QPR next on the agenda on Wednesday night.

“I had the self-same thing last season and the season before. You have to get the right formula, you’ve got to get the players to gel.”

Despite being yet to register a win with his side in the league this season, McDermott says he is enjoying the experience of top-flight football. He added:

“I’m loving the challenge of the league. It’s a fantastic league. I’m enjoying every single moment. I’m not enjoying the results at the moment, but they’ll change.”