Wednesday 16 January 2019

Royals' seal of approval

Paul McShane
Paul McShane

A run of five successive league wins has made Jaap Stam's Reading side the team to watch in the Championship, and Stam has paid tribute to the part played by Ireland defender Paul McShane in their rise.

Saturday's 2-1 defeat of Bristol City made it five in a row for the Royals and veteran McShane has been vital.

"You need to have winners in your team to get results and do well. And Paul is that type of player - he is one of the first out on to the pitch, he pushes other players on to do well," says Royals boss Stam.

"He's been outstanding for the team all season and he's a real leader as well. It is good to have players like Paul in the squad."

Meanwhile, former Ireland international Michael Doyle will be part of an investigation by League Two side Portsmouth after a bust-up between two players at the weekend.

Dubliner Doyle and team-mate Christian Burgess were replaced at half-time in their 2-1 home loss to Stevenage and the club are looking into a clash between the pair. Boss Paul Cook confirmed that a row took place. "There was an incident, unfortunately, which resulted in two of our mainstay players coming off. They are vocal in what they do and sometimes that goes a little too far," Cook said.

"At the end of the game, I was made aware by the manager of an incident which occurred at half-time," said Pompey CEO Mark Catlin.

"We will now conduct an internal investigation, which will be carried out in conjunction with the manager and those involved. I will again speak to the manager. If as a result of that, I need to talk to the players, then I will."

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