Reading-Wigan Athletic Preview
By TOM BENNETT
STATS European Football Writer
(AP) -- LONDON (SE) - Reading will be looking to build on their first Premier League win of the season as they face Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium on Saturday.
The Royals beat Everton to claim their first victory since returning to the English top-flight last weekend, and that result continued a run of just one defeat in seven league games. However, away from home has been a struggle for Reading, who have just two wins in their last 25 away games in the English top-flight.
Despite the record away from home, McDermott is looking to the win over Everton as inspiration for his side to kick on this season.
"The players have been competing at this level and have been getting draws but now they have turned those draws into a victory," said McDermott. "We've got the first victory, we don't have to sit here talking about the fact we haven't got that victory and now we can move on and look forward.
"Everyone is in a good place, we won a load of games the back end of last season and the place was as good as it was last week. So we are just going about our business and doing what we have to do."
If the Royals are to win on the road, then Wigan looks a likely place for them to do it. The Latics have the second-worst home record in the division, and only Southampton have conceded more goals than the 11 that have beaten Ali Al-Habsi at the DW. Going into the game on the back of consecutive defeats and with the visitors in form, Wigan defender Maynor Figueroa is aware the Latics will need to be ready for the challenge.
"We know that Reading will come really motivated because of their win against Everton," said the Honduran international. "Despite our defeat against Liverpool, we know we have a great squad and we are capable of beating any Premier League team.
"With them being new to the league we haven't seen much about them but both teams are in the same situation; we've not played against them and they haven't played against us either."
Wigan have doubts over Gary Caldwell, Ben Watson and James McArthur, but Antolin Alcaraz is out. Reading's Jimmy Kebe is close to a comeback, and Danny Guthrie may also feature, but Jem Karacan's knee injury rules him out until Christmas.
These two clubs haven't met since the 2007-08 season, when Reading took four points off the Latics by winning at home and drawing 0-0 away. The last six meetings between the have failed to see an away win, and Reading have managed just two victories at Wigan in 18 all-time visits.
Updated November 22, 2012