Murty relishing relegation battle
Graeme Murty is confident that Reading will be able to 'dig deep' and avoid the drop.
By Lewis Rutledge
Last Updated: 24/04/08 1:50pm
Graeme Murty is confident that Reading will be able to 'dig deep' in their last three games of the season and avoid the drop.
The Royals have lost their last three games to sink to within one point of the relegation zone, but Murty does not believe there should be any fear in the camp about the next few weeks.
Murty thinks that Reading tend to play their best in times of adversity, and is not concerned about recent poor results.
"The boys have always been able to dig deep," Murty told the Reading Evening Post. "When things have gone against us we have always been able to perform, and that is a challenge for us.
"But I think rather than worry about it, it is something we should really relish and get our teeth into.
"We know how much it means to stay in the Premier League. We need to do it not least for all the fans, who have been magnificent for us this season."
Reading travel to Wigan on Saturday and Murty knows it would be a massive boost to take points off another side who have not yet secured their safety.
He urged: "Wigan is a huge game for us, everything now is geared towards performing on Saturday and getting as much as we can out of the performance. Everyone is fully focused on it.
"Having said that, we have to make sure we are very positive about it and no one is down on it or getting too nervous."
One player set to be involved against Wigan is Leroy Lita after he was recalled from his loan spell with Charlton.
Manager Steve Coppell believes the striker has come back an improved player and has paid tribute to his attitude.
"He's a different trainer than the one just before he went away on loan," Coppell told Reading World.
"There's a visible change in mentality since he came back. He's got the bit between his teeth.
"I'd have been equally as happy for Leroy to have stayed here and had the mentality shift, but at the time he couldn't see himself getting a game.
"He will be involved this weekend."