Coppell eases the pressure

05 October 2007 07:19
Reading manager Steve Coppell has urged his players not to regard the showdown with Derby County as a make-or-break encounter. Both sides are currently struggling at the wrong end of the Premier League table, but Coppell doesn't want to heap any further pressure on his Royals squad. He said: "It is a big game, there's no point hiding away from it. Every home game this season is significant. "And after last weekend's result this takes on an added importance. Going into the international break, whatever result we get will hang over us. "But in a way this one game has taken on too much significance. People are reading too much into the significance of the three points. It is being magnified beyond reality - it is one of 38 opportunities to win. "It's important, don't get me wrong, but most people and perhaps dangerously us, might all be looking at this as one of our best chances to get three points. "I remember Watford at home last season, people thinking it was an automatic win, but it doesn't work like that. "We have to be mindful that our preparation is on the right course and we're not overconfident or over-expectant."

Source: ESA