Reading manager Mark Bowen has given his thoughts on the positives the club can take from their midweek defeat to West Bromwich Albion on Wednesday night.
The Royals were beaten 2-1 by the Baggies at The Madejski, leaving them without a win in their last seven league games with fans beginning to voice their frustrations.
However, Bowen was keen to look at the positives.
“Andy Yiadom. He’s been out for six or seven weeks and has come back in and he’s ended up playing 90 minutes for me and looked like he’d never been away,” he said in an interview posted on the club’s official Twitter account.
“Felipe Araruna, I chucked him in tonight and no doubt he found it hard in terms of the intensity but again he will improve as a result of that as well.
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“We’ve got a squad of players with good competition for places now and we’ll keep fighting.”
Things got off to the perfect start for the hosts when George Puscas fired them in front from the penalty spot after just 11 minutes after Kyle Bartley had handled the ball from a corner.
However, Matheus Pereira dragged the visitors level just 15 minutes later slotting home at the second attempt after his first shot had been saved by Rafael.
The Baggies edged in front just five minutes into the second half with Bartley atoning for his earlier misdeed, heading home Filip Krovinovic’s cross to secure all three points.
I never personally have a problem with manager’s taking positives from a game. I think it is pretty much a necessity in order to keep morale high in the dressing room.
This is a real test of Bowen’s managerial credentials now, however. Reading are in a certified slump and only heading in one direction in the league.
Is he the man to get them out of it? Some fans are not so sure. He has a great chance to get them back on the winning path this weekend against a struggling Sheffield Wednesday but another defeat could spell trouble for him.