Shorey: We're not panicking
Nicky Shorey has shrugged off criticism following Reading's indifferent start to the season.
Last Updated: 08/11/07 10:50am
Nicky Shorey has shrugged off criticism following Reading's indifferent start to the season, and insists the players are 100 per cent behind their manager Steve Coppell.
There has been much talk of second-season syndrome for The Royals after they shocked the Premier League by finishing eighth in the table last season.
This campaign though some of Reading's displays have been uncharacteristically shaky, but Shorey has insisted that no one is panicking in the dressing room.
He told Sky Sports News: "Of course not, we are all in it together. The gaffer is the main man and what he says goes.
"We all respect him immensely. He knows football inside out, and that is why he is not panicking - and that is why we're not."
Shorey was chased by West Ham United during the summer, with Reading rejecting a 'derisory' £4million offer.
And with the January transfer window fast approaching, the left-back is adamant that he is focused on performing for Coppell's side.
"All I am thinking about is trying to put in some performances for Reading," he added.
"Arguably, that sort of speculation does affect you at times, but I am just getting my head down and working hard.
"And I am making sure I am on top of my game for us to get better results.
"Some of our performances haven't been the best, but I think we have shown that in other games that we can do well - and that's all that I'm worried about."