BRIAN McDermott has hit back at the Reading boo-boys by claiming their criticisms are unfounded.
Royals were jeered off the pitch by a minority of fans after their goalless draw with Norwich City at Madejski Stadium last weekend.
But boss McDermott says he cannot understand why supporters would choose to vent their anger when his players are giving everything they've got.
In an exclusive Reading Chronicle interview, he said: "I know what we are as a club and how successful we have been over the past decade or so because I've been here throughout that time.
"But it is not going to be easy for us in the Premier League, let's make no bones about that.
"It's easy to back the team when you are winning 15 games out of 20 like we did last season. But when things are tough it's more difficult to show your support."
Reading are yet to win in the Premier League this season and host fourth-placed Everton at Madejski Stadium this Saturday (3pm ko).
And McDermott will not tolerate a similar reaction from fans if they fail to beat the in-form Toffees.
"There were murmurings at the end of the Norwich City game and I just can't accept that," he declared.
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