Joseph Mills ready to make his mark at Reading FCBy Jonny Fordham
August 30, 2011
Joseph Mills has told Brian McDermott he is ready to make his full debut should the Reading boss shuffle his pack following their fourth defeat in a row.
Mills made his second cameo appearance for Royals in their 1-0 loss at Hull City when he replaced first-choice left-back late in the second-half.
And with experienced campaigner Harte at fault for the Tiger's winner, 21-year-old Mills is sitting tight for his chance.
Former Southampton defender Mills said: "Hartey is there at the moment, he's doing well and he is a top player.
"I have to work hard in training and when I do get my chance I have to show what i can do. If the manager needs me, I'm there for selection."
Royals will be now have to wallow in their depressing defeat for the next 11 days due to the international break.
They go again when Watford visit Madejski Stadium on Saturday, September 10 (3pm kick-off).
And on reflection of losing a game lacking if quality at the KC Stadium, Mills admitted: "It was a game where neither team decided to come out of it with three points.
"There weren't any real clear-cut chances and it was a goal that was really a cross, which no one could do anything about.
"It was a difficult game away from home, but a draw would have been a fair result.
"It's the start of the season and there're still so many games to go. We have spoken about the situation and we need to get out of it as soon as possible.
"It's a long season and we have the break now so everyone can recover. We go again against Watford and hopefully we can turn it around.
"It would have been nice to get something at Hull to go into the break, but now we have even more of an incentive to come back stronger."