Reading boss Coppell admits considering axing half team

Steve Coppell admits he has considered dropping half his team as he seeks a solution to the form that has left Reading in relegation trouble.

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The Berkshire outfit will kick-off at home to Aston Villa on Sunday lunchtime in the bottom three of the Premier League, having lost a record-equalling seven successive games in the league.

Not a single point has been picked up in 2008 and a team that still resembles the 2006 Championship-winning side has not even scored a goal in 450 minutes of play.

He said: "It would be a knee-jerk reaction if I did that.

"I am very analytical about the games and watch them a number of times, and in the cold light of day you see what actually happened rather than what your emotions were telling you.

"Sometimes after a game, you go into the office and say to yourself, 'I'm going to make six changes next week'.

"But then you realise although it might make me and the fringe players feel better, it won't help the team and to fulfil our potential we have got to have a really strong finish to this season."

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