Reading goalkeeper: ‘We need to show some balls’

Reading are in the relegation zone and Marcus Hahnemann has issued a rallying cry of sorts to his team-mates. It’s been a horrible 2008 for the Royals, who have lost their last seven league matches and the Reading Post report that their keeper wants the squad to show they have the stomach (and another part of their anatomy) for a fight.

Hahnemann said: “It (being in the bottom three) shouldn’t change anything. We haven’t had good results, but the performance was good. They scored the goal, though, and we were a bit unlucky.

“If we played every game like this we wouldn’t be in 18th position. That’s the bottom line. We haven’t played like we did today all season.

“There is extra pressure on us, so now we’ll find out who has got the balls to handle it. It’s as simple as that.

“If we don’t put in performances like that and people are too scared to play and people do the wrong things at times then we’re going to be relegated.”

Reading surprised everyone last season when they finished eighth and, although it’s lazy to cite second-season syndrome as a reason for their lowly position this term, they need to somehow grab a win very quickly to avoid being cut adrift with the Derby’s and the Fulham’s of this world.

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