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Coppell: No More Loyal Royal

Royals boss Steve Coppell has admitted he has been too loyal to certain members of his side, and needs to get tough if his side are to beat the drop.

Reading suffered their eighth defeat in a row on Sunday at the hands of Aston Villa but it could be a very different team that travels to the Riverside on Saturday.

Coppell said, 'I probably feel at the moment as though maybe I've been too loyal to some players in the squad and it might just be that there'll be four or five changes for the next game. I really don't know at the moment.

'The ones on the outside of the team must be hellishly frustrated, and the ones who are playing at the moment just aren't delivering'.

The Reading manager has played pretty much the same side in recent weeks, despite not winning since before Christmas, but he has admitted things simply aren't working.

He continued, 'I'm a great believer that if you keep on doing what you're doing you'll get more of what you've got. So something's got to change. I don't know what it is yet, it may be personnel.

'Something has to break the cycle we're in at the moment because it's non-productive and we need to do something else.'

With Coppell promising changes, Liam Rosenior and Leroy Lita are the most likely players to come in.

Lita is in good form, having scored 5 goals in his last 3 reserve games.

Another player who could get a start is Shane Long, the Republic of Ireland international has done his chances no harm, scoring in last nights 1-1 reserve game with Aston Villa.




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Writer: Chris Kitley Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday February 26 2008

Time: 10:43AM

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So, same team as the Villa game then Steve?
uroyals
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26/02/2008 10:46:00

Will SC finally show some balls? Lets hope so, my only worry is that this has come too late in the season for any great impact on the season. Something has to be done about the defence, it's shocking!
MASTER-RFC
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26/02/2008 13:18:00

things looking a bit gloomy in berkshire at the moment ... i still feel if you can quickly get a bit of form you'll be fine though.
Boro 01
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26/02/2008 22:24:00

I've been saying for weeks, when we get a win we're be ok. But we're running out of time!! I'd take a draw at the riverside, but a win would be just peachy...
uroyals
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26/02/2008 23:15:00

not looking good for you is it. desperate for a win but where is it going to come from
mick66owl
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27/02/2008 03:39:00

I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say we will win the rest of our games.
uroyals
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27/02/2008 12:57:00

It will start on Saturday with a point at least
miked_joker
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29/02/2008 14:01:00

So, that useless ******** Hunt is no longer on the team?
Blue is the colour
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04/03/2008 20:44:00

 

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