Owls boss Laws feeling the heat

06 December 2009 11:25
It was a fourth successive home loss for Wednesday and leaves them 20th in the Championship, only one point above the relegation zone.

Laws said: "As a manager, you know if you are not getting the right results then the pressure mounts. I'm not stupid enough to think any different.

"But I said to the players, you've got to look to the next game, and maybe, being away from home, it might be just what we need."

Wednesday have not won in their last seven matches, and Laws conceded his players are low on confidence.

"Fragile is the word I would use," he continued. "The players are out there to perform. You know that their confidence is low.

"Reading knew that; it was always going to be tight with both teams down at the wrong end and the first goal was always going to be important for confidence."

The result, which was achieved thanks to goals from Grzegorz Rasiak and Kalifa Cisse, moves Reading above Wednesday in the Championship table and into 18th after their fourth away win of the season.

Manager Brendan Rodgers is hoping his players can now address their poor home record on Tuesday night against Crystal Palace.

"I believe in the players and know they can work well," said Rodgers.

"We've only won one home game in 11 months but we now have two home games, starting with Crystal Palace, and we can go in with great positivity."

Rodgers paid tribute to his back four and goalkeeper, who kept their first clean sheet in five matches.

"Defensively we were outstanding today, in terms of our shape and how solid we were. Then we've always got the possibility to score goals. But mainly I'm very, very pleased with the clean sheet."

After a low-key first half, Reading opened the scoring through Rasiak two minutes after the break.

The Polish striker, a one time transfer target for Wednesday, had already gone close twice in the opening minutes of the half before he headed in a right-wing cross from Jobi McAnuff.

The goal sparked Wednesday into action and Luke Varney almost equalised in the 58th minute but his shot on the turn hit the inside of the far post.

Reading doubled their lead in the 67th minute after more good work from McAnuff on the right.

The midfielder's cross was met with a low shot from Cisse into the bottom corner of the net.

Wednesday thought they had pulled one back 10 minutes from time when substitute Leon Clarke bundled the ball over the line but the goal was disallowed for a handball.

Source: Team_Talk