We Need To Score More & Concede Less

Last updated : 19 August 2002 By Rob Cooper
John Salako
Salako in action
Reading's former Coventry winger John Salako believes that the side must take more of their chances going forward and concede less at the back if the Royals are going to be successful this season.

Going forward Alan Pardew's side failed to create much on Saturday, too often the attack was broken down before the ball got delivered into the box. According to Salako this is where the problem lies.

The former England winger told Teamtalk.com: "We were disappointed. I don't think we created enough and we have to be a bit more patient on the break - we are too eager to score and against better defences we need to take our time.

"Putting in crosses is how we hurt teams but we didn't do that on Saturday. We need to get more passes in and spread the play, Sammy Igoe and myself didn't get the opportunity to put in crosses."

At the other end the defence has been too leaky claims Salako, conceding six goals in just three matches isn't good enough.

He added: "We desperately need to keep our heads above water and we need to sort out our goals against record. We will score goals but it's stopping them that may be a problem.

"We conceded three in the first game, one last Tuesday and two against Coventry and six goals in three games is not good enough.

"We were in the ascendency but we couldn't hang on and we have dropped three valuable points."

Alan Pardew earlier admitted that he is looking to strengthen the squad, particuarly the defence, before the transfer deadline passes on August 31st.