Guthrie did not travel to Sunderland as Reading midfielder's 'head wasn't right', reveals McDermott
22:17 GMT, 11 December 2012
Reading boss Brian McDermott revealed that midfielder Danny Guthrie refused to play in the 3-0 defeat at Sunderland because 'his head wasn't right to travel'.
The former Newcastle player, signed by Reading in the summer on a free transfer, told his manager that he was not in the correct mental state to play at the Stadium of Light.
Not on the bus: Reading's Danny Guthrie (left) did not make the trip to Wearside
McDermott was unable to hide his disappointment that the 25-year-old would not travel back to the North East for the game. Reading lost 3-0 and slipped deeper into trouble in the bottom three.
The Reading boss said: 'Danny Guthrie made a decision that his head wasn’t right to travel. Everybody has got to be going in the same direction. You have to put yourself in a position to be selection. His words were that his head isn’t right.
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'Was I disappointed He would have been traveling. Any player has to be part of what we’re about. We can’t deviate from that. We have to be pulling in the same direction.
'This is probably not a conversation for this evening, but it is something we need to address in the week.’
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