Next Game

Birm'ham v Reading

Saturday, 08 August 2015, 15:00

Sky Bet Ch'ship

McAnuff rues Reading mistakes

Jobi McAnuff admits Reading were ruthlessly punished for their mistakes in last weekend's 2-0 defeat by Southampton.

Last Updated: 09/04/13 at 10:23 Post Comment

Job McAnuff: Felt Reading's hard work was not rewarded

Job McAnuff: Felt Reading's hard work was not rewarded

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The Royals are rock-bottom of the Premier League and their desperate plight was worsened by Southampton, who eased their own relegations fears with goals in either half from Jay Rodriguez and Adam Lallana.

McAnuff believes Reading's commitment could not have been questioned, but accepts that even the slightest slip-up proves costly at the highest level.

"We looked at it as a game we could get some points from, but it wasn't to be," said the Reading captain.

"It wasn't through lack of effort or togetherness. It's just from our point of view not getting the little breaks and the decisions here and there.

"We all worked hard, but from our point of view the goals were disappointing.

"You get punished at this level and we've found that out this season."

McAnuff insists the team have not given up hope of an unlikely escape from relegation.

"The biggest lesson we have learned this season is that games are decided by fine margins," he said.

"I thought we started the Southampton game very well and were very positive, but unfortunately they got the first goal and went on to win.

"But it wasn't through lack of effort and we'll make sure between now and the end of the season we'll put the effort in and we'll see where it takes us."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

D

on't go to England at your age, you'll either be mugged or not appreciated. Or made to lump the ball long to a bloke who looks like a mascot.

megabrow (cufc)
Beckenbauer warns Schweinsteiger

F

rom the headline I presumed he meant boots, pants, jim-jams, toothbrush and paste, passport, tickets, premier inn long-term package, Scouse-English-Portuguese-German dictionary, 'How to be a 9 and 3/4' by B. Rodgers, few dozen tins of food and Evian because you can never be sure about the local food/water...

KevinBoatang
Firmino has 'everything' for PL - Willian

H

e looked like he was playing with a plastic pound shop ball in the wind against Juve, his passing was so bad.

paddy7s
Sergio Ramos: Exactly What United Need

Footer 365

Dani Osvaldo leaves Southampton two years early

Southampton have terminated the contract of record signing Dani Osvaldo.

Slaven Bilic missing from West Ham bench for Europa League opener

Academy manager Terry Westley will be in charge when West Ham make their Europa League debut against Andorran side FC Lusitans.

Matej Vydra joins Watford on five-year deal after two loan spells

Striker Matej Vydra is back with Watford, this time on a permanent basis after signing a five-year deal to join the club from Udinese.

Mail Box

Are United Aiming Too High On Transfers?

One mailer wonders whether United are aiming a little high on their transfer ambitions. Plus, BAHs, West Ham in Europe, petty annoyances and Michu to United...

Liverpool Are Attractive To Strikers

You've got little competition and bags of service from midfield, so surely strikers would love to join Liverpool? Plus England's future, Callum Wilson handshakes and...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company