Reading boss Brian McDermott has taken aim at Royals fans.

McDermott has come under fire from some ­supporters because of their poor start to the season.

But he pointed out: "If three years ago, when we were second from bottom in the Championship, you had said to the supporters we would be on nine points after 13 games in the Premier League and playing Man United, rather than getting relegated, they would probably have taken that.

"Let us have a sense of realism, what we have done in the last three years is pretty incredible.

"We have punched above our weight and we have to keep doing that."