Steve Clarke remaining grounded after Reading beat in-form Middlesbrough
Last Updated: 03/10/15 9:19pm
Reading manager Steve Clarke warned his players not to get carried away after their comfortable 2-0 Sky Bet Championship win over Middlesbrough.
A header from Danny Williams, after just 15 seconds, and an 88th-minute penalty from Nick Blackman moved Reading back into third place.
After five wins in six league matches, they are now one position and two points behind the Teessiders in the table.
"That doesn't really say anything at this stage of the season," Clarke said. "We're only just into October and there's a hell of a long way to go.
"Eighteen points from 10 games is a good return, it's quite healthy. But there's no way you can get too carried away in this division because every game is difficult."
"It was a great start to score in 15 seconds and we've made a habit of starting games quickly in recent weeks and getting in front.
"Today was exceptionally quick but it was good for us because it changes the dynamic of the game."
Boro boss Aitor Karanka said: "The main thing we had to do was not concede a goal in the first minute but we did - within 20 seconds.
"Reading are a very organised team and we knew that if we conceded a goal, it would be difficult to equalise.
"We have still had a good run but we are disappointed because we wanted to win the eighth, ninth and 10th games in a row.
"I know it is impossible to win every match but's still frustrating. I don't know why we started so badly."