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Downes hails Reading turnaround

Wally Downes
Downes has been pleased by the reaction of the young players

Reading coach Wally Downes says the 6-0 demolition of Sheffield Wednesday will help the team learn where they have been going wrong in other games.

The Royals maintained their 100% home record, but they are yet to win away from the Madejski Stadium.

Downes told BBC Radio Berkshire: "We're not worried about how well they can play, it's how often they play well.

"Coming off a bad game, to put in a good performance has made the players realise where they were going wrong."

He added that having gone in at half-time leading 3-0, he was impressed with how the team kept up the momentum.

Ideally you'd be top all season and win every game, but that's not going to happen. We're nicely positioned where we are now

Reading coach Wally Downes

"It's a funny scoreline because you know the opposition will be stung - they're professionals and their pride has been hurt - and it's normally not as good in the second half.

"So to come out and perform as we did for the first 15 minutes of the second half, well that broke its back."

Reading are now fourth in the Championship table, six points behind leaders Wolves.

Downes said: "Ideally you'd be top all season and win every game, but that's not going to happen. We're nicely positioned where we are now."


see also
Reading 6-0 Sheff Wed
16 Sep 08 |  Championship


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