SIMON Grayson will be looking to snap up January bargains in an effort to get spluttering Leeds United back on track.

Another sub-standard Whites performance saw Reading gain their first-ever win at Elland Road where United have won just one of their last six Championship games.

For supporters who have to fork out a lot of cash to watch, it simply is not good enough – a point Grayson hammered home in his post-match comments.

“Everybody wants to get promoted but you can’t just expect to turn up, get your wage and think ‘if we win today, happy days, but if we don’t we are not particularly bothered’. You have to earn your money,” he said.

“That is what the chairman, supporters and myself demand from the players every week.

“If they don’t want to do that, other players will have to come in but I have a belief that the ones we have, with one or two additions, will keep us around where we want to be.”

With skipper Jonny Howson recovering from a knee injury for the next three months, midfield is one area where Grayson will be looking to improve in terms of quality.

United were lacking in guile and drive in that department as Reading never looked in danger of surrendering their second-minute lead provided by Simon Church.

The Welsh international’s run behind the home defence went untracked and he took full advantage of goalkeeper Andy Lonergan’s hesitancy with an expertly lobbed finish.

The Royals should have been home and dry by half-time as Leeds, more perspiration than inspiration, struggled to put any meaningful moves together. Visiting goalkeeper Adam Federici had so little to do he may well have gone Christmas shopping.

Luciano Becchio and Ross McCormack were dominated by the Reading defence, who also did well to cut off the supply line from Robert Snodgrass on the right.

To illustrate his displeasure, Grayson made a triple substitution midway through the second half, but, the Leeds performance deteriorated still further.

The Leeds boss, who marks three years in charge next Friday, said: “Too many of our players have been below par over the last couple of games.

“We are still in a good position (sixth) with half the season to go but as individuals we have to raise the bar.”

Leeds United: Lonergan, Connelly, Lees, Kisnorbo, White, Snodgrass, Brown (Vayrynen 65), Clayton (Keogh 65), Pugh, McCormack (Sam 65), Becchio. Subs (not used): Taylor, O'Dea. Caution: Vayrynen.

Reading: Federici, Cummings, Gorkss, Pearce, Griffin, McAnuff, Leigertwood, Kracan (Tabb 60), Robson-Kanu, Le Fondre (Antonio 89), Church. Subs (not used): Morrison, Andersen, Dath. Cautions: Griffin, McAnuff.

Referee: Colin Webster (Tyne & Wear).

Crowd: 23,162.