SWANSEA, WALES - MAY 21: Swansea manager Paul Clement applauds the fans after the Premier League match between Swansea City and West Bromwich Albion at Liberty Stadium on May 21, 2017 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

The manager of Championship club Reading, Paul Clement has accepted that a second successive pre-season defeat for Reading left them “a little bit behind” in their preparations for the upcoming Championship campaign.

Clement’s side lost 4-2 at League One side AFC Wimbledon on Saturday after they were defeated 2-1 defeat at non-league Eastleigh.

After the loss to Wimbledon, Reading boss showed concern over their performances so far, stating that the team will be ready during the beginning of the season.

“Every game is an opportunity for the players to step up,” the 46-year-old, who made widescale changes in the game, told the Reading Chronicle as quoted in Sportsmole.

“There’s lots of competition for places, they’ve got to show they’re better than their colleague for their role. Competition is healthy, it’s a good thing.

“I would say we’re a little bit behind where we need to be, we’ve got four weeks to go – we’ve got to get going. We’re going to be ready for the first game of the season, no question about it.”

Reading launch the Championship season with a home clash against Derby County on Friday, August 3