Rosenior: We must avoid Town's bad habit

READING defender Liam Rosenior has warned teammates not to fall into the habit Ipswich got into last season and allow their poor away form to wreck their promotion dream.

Derek Davis

READING defender Liam Rosenior has warned teammates not to fall into the habit Ipswich got into last season and allow their poor away form to wreck their promotion dream.

The Royals picked up just one away win all last season and ended up being relegated while Town's record on the road was a major factor in them failing to make the play offs.

While the Blues won at Burnley in their first attempt this year, Reading have failed in all three of their away days and Rosenior says that is not good enough against the likes of Ipswich.

Rosenior said: “We only won one game away from home last season, at Derby on the last day of the season, and we haven't won away this season yet either. No disrespect to the teams we have played so far but we should be looking to win these sorts of games if we are going to go up.

“It has got to improve - and soon.

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“There was a lot of frustration in the dressing room afterwards because we didn't play well. But we haven't played well away from home for a long time now and it's something that we need to put right as soon as possible if we want to win promotion.”

Reading boss Steve Coppell believes if they had taken any one of their numerous early chances the outcome would have been very different.

Coppell said: “It would have made a big difference if we had got our noses in front.

“The stats show that at this level the team who scores first usually goes on to win.

“It could have been 2-2 at half time and all to play for. It was a great strike for their goal, right in the corner.

“Then there were a couple of farcical things happening and we made mistakes in our desire to get back in the game.”

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