Pearce: Reading FC haven't achieved anything yetBy Jonny Fordham
April 06, 2012
Alex Pearce has reminded his Reading team mates that they have achieved nothing yet.
Centre-back Pearce has been an ever-present for Royals this season and knows that his side can’t afford to take their foot off the gas despite a four point buffer ahead of third-placed West Ham United.
A win at home to Leeds United today (Live on Sky Sports 1, 2pm kick-off) would see Royals go top of the table, but with Southampton playing at home to their fierce rivals Portsmouth on Saturday – that could be short lived.
“As a group of lads we just have to keep on going,” said Pearce as he rallied the troops ahead of the last six games of the season.
“We know what position we are in and we know how well we have done. But right now, that is irrelevant.
“We just need to focus on the Leeds game and get our heads into it.
“It’s a TV game and is a great opportunity to show everyone what we can do. We’re looking forward to it.
“There is a great buzz around the place, but it’s up to us, the players, as well as the staff, to stay grounded. We will tick the games off and just carry on as normal.”
Reading’s run-in consists of three home games and three away fixtures against a number of promotion-chasing sides.
Next week Royals make their first ever trip to Brighton’s new Amex Stadium and then face what looks like their biggest test of the season – away to Southampton in exactly one week’s time.
“We have a real tough run in, but we’re looking forward to it,” added goalkeeper Adam Federici – another ever-present in Reading’s Championship line-up during the current campaign
“The Leeds game is the next big challenge for us.”