Reading midfielder Jay Tabb views Norwich City’s Premier League visit this weekend as the perfect opportunity to get the Royals’ first top flight win since being promoted in the summer.

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Brian McDermott’s men were pegged back for the fifth time already this campaign on Sunday after fellow strugglers QPR salvaged a draw at Loftus Road. Tabb believes upcoming league games against the Canaries, Wigan, Aston Villa and Southampton are crucial to their hopes of emulating Norwich’s survival success last season.

“This is a massive month when you look at the games, and we have to get some wins,” he said. “The confidence is there, it’s not nagging on our minds, we are playing good stuff. Norwich is a home game which we would expect to win, we are scoring goals at home and playing well so we just need that first win then we can go on a little run, probably not similar to last year, but if we get a few wins everyone can relax a little bit more, including the fans.

“It would be different if it didn’t look like we were going to win, then you could say something is wrong, but we are looking like we could win most weeks and we have to turn the draws into wins and we will be alright.”

Tabb admits Reading’s inability to kill games off in the Premier League underlines the gulf in quality from the Championship.

“If you win just three of those games it’s a different story,” he said. “The team is playing well, you can’t look at anyone and say they are playing badly, for some reason it’s just not going for us. We held on to leads last year, it was one of our strengths, we held on to the lead and never gave it up.

“But there’s that bit of extra quality in the Premier League, look at Brian Ruiz for Fulham when we played them, he scored a goal out of nothing, that is the difference, and maybe we are not getting the rub of the green. We need to address it though.”

Team mate Sean Morrison believes beating expected rivals is key ahead of what could be his Premier League home debut against Chris Hughton’s side after featuring at QPR.

“Every game is winnable,” he told Reading’s official site. “We’ll be going into the game with confidence and we’ll be doing our best to get three points. The games against the teams in and around you are especially important - and between now and Christmas we’ll be doing everything we can to get points on the board. But you don’t want to look too far ahead – just focus on the next game.”

15 comments

  • And the relevance to us of the opinions of a Reading midfielder is .......? .. .. Is Jay Tabb some kind of football guru then, that we should be in the least bit interested in his views?

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    The Crab

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

  • Surprised not have had a report of comments from Cilla Black.

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, November 8, 2012

  • Irrelevant article. Probably a contractual interview and what else was he supposed to say. In reality, if they play like they did for 30 minutes against Arsenal the other night, they probably would win one or more of their next home games. It's a game that could see any result although a win for City would put a great cushion between Reading and us. Amazing what a couple of wins does to supporters confidence. Fingers crossed on this one .....

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    Barry Rasberry

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

  • Interesting that the header photo shows him "in the thick of the action". Or `the inaction of the thick`, maybe?

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

  • So lets get this right.....Jay Tabb, reading not won a game this season so far, expects to beat Norwich, unbeaten in 4 games? Guess we'll find out by 5pm Saturday Mr. Tabb

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    NorthCity

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

  • To be fair to the Royals (which is hard as they are my boss' team) they did score 5 against Arsenal, a pity they let in 7. I've never hreard of Jay Tabb. Is he a rap artist?

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

  • So Jay expects Reading to win on Saturday does he?? I guess 'Hughton's Heroes' will have a different point of view!!!!

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    Mr Ed

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

  • Mind games by players are Taboo, Tabbo. Also impossible by definition..... That bit of parenchyma takes the biscuit. Ghost Writers in the Sky.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

  • You are right Pondy. No room for slackness. Actually, I am surprised that Reading and Soton are doing so poorly just now. That post promotion euphoria seems to have gone missing. Both teams have some good players and sound managers. They cannot be written off. That only happens to us! Pundits take note. OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

  • Southampton are giving away a lot of soft goals and not creating and taking chances. Just like we were until the Englishman, the Scotsman, the Frenchman and the Spaniard at the back got themselves sorted out and started supplying the ball to the Irishman.

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

  • This really is scraping the news barrel. Next it will be "ex-Reading player backs Reading to beat Norwich". Why the heck would we be interested in the opinions of an opponent who is bound to say that, especially one of whom we have never heard?

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    SussexYellow

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

  • Exactly Crab...I wonder if on Readings equivalent to the Pink Un website (for arguments sake we will call it the Royal Un!) Bradley Johnson is quoted as 'expecting to beat Reading this weekend'!? Let's face it, it would be a sorry state of affairs for big Brian Mac if his players thought they were going to lose! In summary, a pointless, space filler of an article!

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    PepperJ17

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

  • I wonder what McDermott would say if the headline read "Jay Tabb doesn't expect to beat Norwich"?

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    DocOhNo

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

  • The other way round we would be trying to talk things up. Hopefully City won't be complacent. QPR and West Ham were not better than Reading, but we failed to finish them off and we made hard work of it against the Stokers Arms pub side last week.

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    Pondlife

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

  • You are right Pondy. No room for slackness. Actually, I am surprised that Reading and Soton are doing so poorly just now. That post promotion euphoria seems to have gone missing. Both teams have some good players and sound managers. They cannot be written off. That only happens to us! Pundits take note. OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

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