Coppell's men dish out six of the best

By Angus Muller
Last updated : 02 January 2007
Steve Coppell watched his side blow West Ham away but warned that the result means nothing when they kick off their next game.

"Come next game it will mean absolutely nothing so we'll put it behind us and move on to the next match," Coppell told Sky Sports.

"Up until November the Premiership is a novelty and the freshness and enthusiasm can take you so far, then you have to play well because teams work you out.

"How do you maintain it? Champions don't need any reason other than winning - I remember Bryan Robson, a wealthy man, yet day-in day-out he came into training and every five-a-side was a cup final.

"There is an in-built mentality to the best players."

The Reading boss admitted he had enjoyed the whole of last year as well as the start to 2007.

"We've had a great 2006 - it was almost sad to see the back of it. Given the fact we had not won in five games it was important to get a win and re-establish ourselves in the division.

"Whatever happens we're making history for this club and I'm just delighted. We've got to show we belong and hope we continue to belong come May 18.

"If we'd been beaten today then West Ham would have been moving forward and we'd have been six without a win and we'd have been looking over our shoulder and been a bit scared by the situation but one victory gives you that little bit more reassurance."

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