McAnuff upbeat over Reading chances

Reading captain Jobi McAnuff accepts his side are going to have to find the form of champions over the final seven matches of the season to stay up.

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New Royals manager Nigel Adkins saw his side go down 4-1 at Arsenal, which pushed them onto the foot of the table where they are now seven points adrift of safety.

However, with a home game against Southampton - Adkins' former club - next weekend and then fellow strugglers QPR coming to the Madejski Stadium on April 28, McAnuff insists the fixtures are still there for the Berkshire club to save themselves from a swift return to the npower Championship.

"We have got games there that we think we winnable between now and the end of the season and we have got to move on as quickly as possible from this and make sure we are right come Saturday," the midfielder said.

"It changes from year to year, but historically there's obviously a (points) mark teams need to get to.

"We know we're going to need a good few wins between now and the end of the season to reach that target.

"We have got to start getting that first win on the board as quickly as possible.

"We feel we've got the games to do it, we've still got some teams in and around us and it's important not to get too down.

"We will make sure we learn from this defeat and move forward."

McAnuff added: "We have got to really focus on ourselves, we have got a new manager now and everyone is working together to try and stay up."

"We have been through some rough times before and we have achieved a lot as a group of players and from our point of view that spirit will keep us moving forward."

Adkins was only appointed as Brian McDermott's successor at the start of last week and had little time to implement any significant changes with so many of the squad away on international duty.

The former Saints boss, however, continues to stay positive in the face of overwhelming odds.

"There are good players at Reading and a good spirit. What we have got to do is give ourselves a good opportunity in our preparation for the next game," he said.

"Everyone is wise enough to know you are not going change everything in such a short space of time.

"You can see that I want my players to pass the football, but that is a process that is ongoing - now we have to go and try to win games of football."

Adkins added: "It is a great challenge, a massive challenge.

"We have got to keep working hard. We have to keep the belief about people.

"There's a group of players who want to do well, to improve, want to learn and what we have to do is make sure that we all work very hard together so when we go on that pitch everyone is united."

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