Jay Tabb demands Reading improve immediately with Aston Villa on the horizon


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Jay Tabb has demanded Reading regroup immediately from their frustrating defeat at Wigan when they travel to Aston Villa tomorrow.

The Royals slumped to a 3-2 injury-time loss at the DW Stadium on Saturday having led 1-0 and later pegging Wigan back to 2-2.

Another Barclays Premier League relegation battle looms at Villa Park and Tabb believes victory is within their grasp.

"We've just got to forget about Wigan and go and win the next game," the 28-year-old midfielder said.

"We were looking to get four or six points out of the two matches, but we'll try to take maximum points tomorrow.

"We certainly feel we're capable of winning against any team this season, but we've got to turn these leads into wins."

The defeat at Wigan dropped Reading to 19th in the table and left spirits deflated just seven days after securing their first Premier League victory of the season against Everton.

Only Liverpool and Southampton from the bottom half of the Premier League have scored more goals and Tabb admits defence is the side's Achilles heel.

"We've had a bit of bad luck this season and the second goal against Wigan was a total fluke," Tabb said.

"We had other chances and we're creating enough ourselves, but we're just giving away too many.

"The consolation is that we've been in a winning position in near enough every game this season.

"But it's just so disheartening when you don't take these chances and at least take a point.

"We've had our fair share of draws this season and I'm not saying Wigan is a game we should have won because of the amount of chances they had, but we should have done better."

Forward Adam Le Fondre, who scored both goals in the 2-1 victory over Everton, insists the whole team must answer for Reading's defensive frailty.

"Even if we got a 2-2 draw at Wigan it would have been something to take into the game tomorrow," he said.

"I don't know what happened at the end, we gave another goal away and lost the game. To throw it away was daft.

"We all defend as a team and we take that burden on our shoulders. It's one to 11 and not just the defence."