Reading captain Jem Karacan has branded the Royals’ season as ‘disappointing’ and admitted that they are ‘fortunate’ to avoid relegation.
Reading currently occupy 19th position in the Sky Bet Championship and are seven points clear of the drop zone.
Even though they are mathematically safe there has been an overwhelming feeling of underachievement this season with many tipping Reading for a top half finish and an outside shot at the play-offs, given the size, wealth and status of the club.
Karacan told Get Reading: “It’s been difficult for everyone at the club. The FA Cup run was unbelievable, it gave the fans and players something to look forward to. But unfortunately in the league the results haven’t been as good as we wanted them to be.”
The former Turkey Under-21 international spoke about how the main focus of the club had been the league not the FA Cup run saying “The league is the most important thing and we’ve been fortunate that the teams below us haven’t picked up points and caught us. It’s been extremely disappointing.”
Reading have been on an awful run in recent weeks amassing a total of 10 points from their last 15 games dropping 35 points, with the weekend’s 2-0 defeat at home to Brentford the fourth game in succession where they have been unable to score in front of their own fans.
After such a disappointing campaign, Karacan believes the club have a lot of big decisions to make in the summer regarding the current crop of players, understanding that the last two games are key to the futures of many players adding; “It’s a big summer for the club, it will be interesting to see what happens. There are still people fighting for contracts here. There are two games left to prove ourselves.”
“Obviously we want to finish the season strong and we’ve got two games left to do that. We owe it to everyone at the club, we owe it to the fans who pay their money to come and support us and we owe it to ourselves on the pitch.”