Reading centre-back Michael Hector says that his side can’t rely on other teams to the in the Sky Bet Championship
The Royals fell to a very disappointing defeat last Saturday to 11th placed Charlton Athletic.
Steve Clarke’s side dominated the first half and were 1-0 up at half time, but another second half capitulation meant they were beaten 3-2.
Michael Hector was said to have handled the ball in the penalty area to give Charlton a penalty, which was the catalyst in Athletic’s recovery.
Now down to 19th and nine points above Wigan Athletic, who are 22nd and in the relegation zone, Hector has said that Reading can not become complacent that other teams will keep losing.
He told Get Reading: “We’ve got to get as many points as quickly as possible and pull away from the bottom of the table.
“Anything can happen. The other teams can pick up a load of wins and we can be dragged back right into it so we have to do it ourselves.
“We can’t bank on them losing games. We’ve got to get the points to pull ourselves away from it.”
On the penalty he gave away, he said: “I was pushed in the back but the reaction I gave – I shouldn’t have put my hand up. It just one of those things.
“Sometimes it will be a foul for me and sometimes it will be a foul against me, so I’ve got to learn not to fling my arm up.
“It got them back in the game and they’ve won the game from it.”
Reading can have comfort in the fact that they have a game in hand over the other teams in the Championship, a home tie against Birmingham City, who are also in poor form. If they were to win that, they would be up to 16th.
The Berkshire club are currently 19th in the Sky Bet Championship, having accumulated 44 points thus far this season.