Reading skipper McAnuff urges fans not to quit on them early

Reading skipper Jobi McAnuff has urged Royals fans not to be shirkers. McAnuff finds it hard to ­understand why fans head for the exit long before the final whistle.

Reading skipper Jobi McAnuff has urged Royals fans not to be shirkers.

McAnuff finds it hard to ­understand why fans head for the exit long before the final whistle.

Former Crystal Palace midfielder McAnuff, 31, said: “You would think our fans would have learned not to leave early by now.

“We never give up and we have claimed a lot of points late in games.”

Reading scored three goals in the last eight minutes to beat West Brom 3-2 in their most recent home match.

However, many supporters missed the astonishing revival from two goals down.

McAnuff added: “All we ask is that fans bear with us. It is a tough season in the Premier League and I am sure everyone can appreciate that. I do not think the crowd realise how important they are to us.”

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