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Coppell quick to move on
16 Apr 2008 - 09:28:03
Reading manager Steve Coppell has called on his players to show their strength in the battle to avoid relegation from the Premier League.
The Royals missed a chance to all but ensure their safety by losing 2-0 at home to Fulham last weekend and are only three points above the drop zone going into Saturday's trip to Arsenal.
Coppell told the club's official website: "Once we've realigned ourselves, we've all got to be up for the challenge ahead.
"It's going to be a big challenge, but I like to think I've got players in the squad who can respond to it.
"We're looking for strong characters, people who want the challenge and are not frightened of making mistakes in order to play well.
"Motivation is different to different people, but how would having a go motivate them? They are more disappointed than anyone, they realise the significance of a victory.
"If we'd have won we'd have been in a healthy position, it was a home game and we've won most of our games here.
"For whatever reason we didn't perform. Fulham deserved to win, but it was one day out of 38."