Adrian Mariappa insists morale is high at Reading despite winless start

Adrian Mariappa: Optimistic that Reading have the players to start winning soon

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Adrian Mariappa insists morale is high at Reading despite the fact they are still waiting for their first Premier League win.

Brian McDermott's side are currently in the relegation zone with just two points to their name ahead of their visit to Swansea today.

But Mariappa believes the Reading squad are still full of confidence of enjoying a successful campaign.

"The mood in the dressing room has always been the same," said the 25-year-old defender.

"We know what we are capable of and what we have in the dressing room and it is just about going out on a Saturday and executing our game plan."

Adrian Mariappa

"We know what we are capable of and what we can do, obviously people write us off early doors being the team that is newly-promoted.

"But we know what we are capable of and what we have in the dressing room and it is just about going out on a Saturday and executing our game plan."

The Jamaica international joined Reading from Watford in the summer but has had to be patient in waiting for his first-team opportunity.

Mariappa made his first Premier League start in the draw at home to Newcastle last weekend and is prepared to work hard to retain his place in the team.

"We have got a good squad here and all the lads are getting fit and raring to go," he added.

"I think all over the pitch you have seen numerous people playing this season so the competition is very high for places and it keeps everyone on their toes and when you get that opportunity you just want to take it."

Disappointing

The Royals were on track to beat the Magpies before Demba Ba diverted in the equaliser using his arm - sparking a frustrated response from manager Brian McDermott earlier this week.

Mariappa agrees it is tough to take, saying: "It is disappointing to lose a goal at any time but especially a dubious goal. That is just the way things are and we will just get on with it and move on.

"The performance was good and that is the main thing, it will stand us in good stead this weekend.

"If we can keep the performances up and keep performing how we did in the last few games I'm sure we will pick up the points."

Adrian Mariappa

"It is the old cliche - you hope it evens itself out over the season, as long as we don't get too many of those decisions I'm sure we won't be complaining.

"If we can keep the performances up and keep performing how we did in the last few games I'm sure we will pick up the points.

"The last two games especially the performances have been good. Obviously getting the win at QPR bred a lot of confidence going into last weekend's game.

"To be fair maybe we should have won it but like I said the confidence is high going into this weekend.

"We have played against Swansea before in the Championship and their style hasn't changed since then, they have been a very good footballing side and a team that a lot of people admire.

"We have played against passing teams before and we know how to set up and play against them and we will just be focusing on that."