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Boss Backs Royals To Rise

by Daniel Alston @efc_danalston

Everton boss David Moyes believes Saturday’s opponents Reading have not received the credit their top-flight return has merited.

The Royals currently lie 18th in the Premier League with six points from 10 games, but have already held the likes of Swansea, Newcastle and Fulham to draws this term.

And ahead of Everton's trip to the Madejski Stadium, the Scot insists the game is a trickier test than the table would suggest.

Moyes said: "Any game in the Premier League is tough. I think Reading have had quite good results. You might say they've not by not winning, but they've had some really good draws.

"It's hard to win in the Premier League, as they're finding out, but the results have been better than they have been given credit for.

"You could look back at teams like Blackpool when they came into the league. By this time a couple of years ago, they were nearly top of the table, flying and making it look easy. But by the end, they couldn't maintain it and went down.

"I think Reading look as if they're just beginning to find their way in the Premier League."

Meanwhile, Moyes paid tribute to opposite number Brian McDermott, adding: "To achieve what he has with Reading, he's done a great job.

"Sometimes you have to be patient when coming up to the Premier League. If it means taking it to the last minute of the last game to stay up then that would have to be seen as a success because it's not easy coming up from the lower leagues."

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