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McAnuff rallies Reading after Swansea defeat

McAnuff urges improvement. (©GettyImages)
McAnuff urges improvement. (©GettyImages).

Reading captain Jobi McAnuff has challenged his teammates to learn from Swansea after the Royals were beaten 3-0 by Michael Laudrup's men in a pre-season friendly at the Madejski Stadium. 

Second-half strikes from Jonjo Shelvey and Pablo Hernandez added to Michu's eleventh minute opener for the visitors and Jamaican international McAnuff, who joined Reading from Watford in 2009, admits his side were thoroughly outclassed. 

"They were by far the better team," he told Get Reading. "For us we need to learn from them. They play the way that we're looking to go. 

"We're under no illusions, it's very much a work in progress for us. They do it as well as anybody we came across last year and from our point of view there are things to learn."

The Royals lost a third friendly in succession with a narrow 2-1 defeat to Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Ground on Sunday, yet despite the club's poor recent form McAnuff insists the players will be ready for action ahead of their Championship opener against Mick McCarthy's Ipswich Town. 

"It's not all doom and gloom. We're in good shape physically, we've had a good, tough pre-season. Come next week we'll be bang on it and ready to go."

The 2013/2014 campaign will be manager Nigel Adkins' first full season in charge at Reading, and he will be looking to guide the Berkshire outfit back to the Premier League at the first attempt after replacing Brian McDermott in March. 

 

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