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The Royals skipper praises his side's second-half performance against Liverpool on Saturday but warns that they will only win games if they can replicate that in both halves

Reading captain Jobi McAnuff has warned his side that, if they are to improve on their slow start to Premier League life, they will have to learn to play well for the duration of a match.

The Royals were outplayed by Liverpool in the first half of their 1-0 defeat at Anfield on Saturday and were lucky to only be a single goal down as the sides headed in at the break.

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But a strong second-half performance which saw Brian McDermott's men almost fight their way back into the match has given McAnuff confidence that his team do have the ability to test the best of the top flight.

"In the second half we gave it a bit of a go but in the first half we were nowhere near it," he told The Sun.

"We can't expect to win games in this league against teams like this on the back of 45 minutes of decent play.

"In the second half we showed we can compete and there’s enough there for us to remain positive. It's just about putting a whole performance together."

Reading currently sit 19th in the Premier League, having failed to achieve a win in seven attempts this campaign. They will play host to Fulham in their next fixture on Saturday.

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