Alex McCarthy says Reading must be wary of former teammate Shane Long when they face West Bromwich Albion.

The Royals head to West Brom on Saturday knowing they must up their game to add to the solitary point they currently have on the board.

"We can take some positives out of the Tottenham game but we know we've got to do a lot better," McCarthy said.

"Shane Long's a top striker, really powerful, so it will be a tough game on Saturday."