Better off now, says RoseniorBy Nick Ive
April 15, 2008
Liam Rosenior insists Reading would have settled for their current position of 16th in the Premier League this time last month.
Steve Coppell’s side are just two places above the relegation zone with four games left to play.
But that is an improvement on the 18th place they occupied at the end of February after an horrific eight-match losing streak.
Wins over Middlesbrough and Manchester City catapulted Royals up to 13th but since then there has been a gradual slide back down the table.
Rosenior insisted: “We know what position we are in. Fulham beat us 2-0 on Saturday, but we would rather be in our position than theirs (19th).
“Everything is in our hands. We have a three-point cushion (over 18th-placed Bolton) and I think six games ago we would have snapped anybody’s hand off for that.”
Reading looked short of ideas against the Cottagers but Rosenior insisted: “I wouldn’t say nerves are a problem. We felt really positive, but they (Fulham) had nothing to lose. They grew in confidence and that’s hard to play against.
“Nothing was expected of them, but they played very well. It’s a shame we didn’t do the same, but we have four games to get it right.
“If we win two games we’ll be fine and we can do that.”
Fulham have given themselves a glimmer of hope of avoiding the drop following their first away win of the season at Madejski Stadium.
And former Cottagers star Rosenior added: “If they play like they did here then they have a good chance of staying up. Hopefully it won’t be at our expense.
“They are in my past now, I look to the future and all I care about is making sure I am a Premier League player with Reading next season.”