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Coppell: Reading must toughen

Coppell: Reading must toughen

Reading boss Steve Coppell has told his players that they must toughen up and be more competitive if they have any chance of avoiding relegation from the Premiership this season.

"I think today if you'd looked at the league table before the game, you're conclusion after the game would be that there's a team going for Europe and a team in the bottom three so the difference was there," said Coppell.

"They had the edge, but from a fight perspective, from an effort perspective, we couldn't ask for anymore.

"We just need to be better, we need to be more competitive and we need to push these teams a little bit closer.

"I do feel that there's more potential there, there's more to come from them.

"For whatever reason we're not playing to our optimum at the moment and now it takes a collective effort, with direction from me, to get ourselves out of this."