Reid Takes It As Red

Last updated : 04 October 2003 By Kevin Markey

Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal all await The Whites with an extra bonus of a visit from the Red Devils to come in the third round of the Carling Cup.

But Peter Reid insisted, in the Yorkshire Evening Post, that his team can show their true worth in the coming weeks: "There should be no problems in getting the players motivated.

"It's a case of doing the jobs against Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal.

"Yes, they are massive games and they are tough games, but we should be focused every time we go out on the park, no matter who our opponents are.

"When I looked at the start of the season and looked at October, I thought 'that's not a bad run', and I still think that now. They're the games you look forward to.

"All I've thought about this week is preparing for the Blackburn game. We've got two weeks without a game, and we'll start working towards the Manchester United match.

"It's all about consistency and we just haven't had it. The games against Leicester and Everton were poor, but you have to pick people up and get on with it.

"There's no point in dwelling or looking back. I'm always a believer in taking the positives out of things and, while that was hard last weekend, that's what I've tried to do.

"We're all in this together and we have to work together to get where we want to be.

"It's not the team and me. I'm the manager and I have to take responsibility for what happens on the field.

"If we have bad performances I have to accept responsibility for those, just like the good performances. That's the way I am and I won't change."