Press conference for Reading game

Michael O’Neill Press conference for the game versus Reading

Tuesdays game

We were pleased with a lot of aspects of the game on Tuesday. We scored three good goals as a result of the preparation we did beforehand. The clean sheet was another positive for everyone. Work still needs to be done

Weekend Game

Reading play differently to Luton so they will pose different problems. The focus has to be on ourselves however.

We set the bar high on Tuesday night in terms of intensity and that’s the level we need to maintain.

Prospect of facing Charlie Adam

I know Charlie Adam well and played with his dad at Dundee United. I’m sure he will receive a good reception. He has a great range of passing.

O’Neill on his best team

I’m getting closer to knowing what my best team is there’s no doubt about that. What type of players I need now and in the future may change so opportunities for others will be there especially with so many games coming quickly

Jordan Cousins Performance

I was delighted with Jordan Cousins on Tuesday. He’s not had much of a chance since I’ve come in but he has trained tremendously and warranted his chance. He is strong, a good runner and uses the ball well. He typifies what we want from players not currently in the side.

Transfer Window

We’re in a situation where players will have to leave so we can bring others in. January is always a difficult window. Typically you’re looking at younger players at bigger clubs looking for an opportunity.

I don’t intend on spending as much as other before me have. We still have players out on loan that can potentially come back. We have a large squad that needs to be reduced so we can add younger players and ones with pace.

Injury News

We are fine injury wise other than Ryan Shawcross who picked up a groin injury on Tuesday though it’s not a bad injury & could be back playing before new year.

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