The Madejski Stadium

Next Game

Reading v Millwall

Tuesday, 16 September 2014, 20:00

Sky Bet Ch'ship

The Madejski Stadium

Last Game

Reading 3 - 0 Fulham

Saturday, 13 September 2014, 15:00

Sky Bet Ch'ship

McDermott lauds lower leagues

Brian McDermott believes there are more players like Adam Le Fondre waiting to be unearthed in the Football League.

Last Updated: 08/02/13 at 00:14 Post Comment

Brian McDermott: Targets lower leagues for players

Brian McDermott: Targets lower leagues for players

Reading have a number of players on their books who initially made a name for themselves playing in the lower leagues, and McDermott reckons his policy of giving those individuals a chance is worth the risk.

"There are players out there," said the Royald boss. "I'm convinced that if you are brave enough to take them from the leagues below that they can play in this league.

"We've done it for years and we've always been willing to give people a chance. We bring in staff that are hungry and the same with players."

The latest player McDermott is giving a chance to is midfielder Hope Akpan, who was snapped up last month after making an impression at Crawley Town.

"I like his personality and I like him as a player," said McDermott. "He's a refreshing guy and asked me questions when I first met him about how he could improve.

"He wanted to talk about football and what he needed to do. This is the perfect place for him too. I'm sure the move would have been questioned by some people, but we believe he can do really well.

"Looking at his last couple of performances, you can see that.

"I knew Hope's ability and that he would fit in. He wants to play and I'm pleased he has made his debut and we got a result (2-1 win at Newcastle). Now he is a very important part of our squad."

Footer 365

Premier League: West Ham come from behind twice at Hull City to earn 2-2 draw

West Ham twice came from behind to earn a battling 2-2 draw with Hull City in an entertaining clash at the KC Stadium.

Champions League: Martin Skrtel won't play for Liverpool against Ludogorets

Brendan Rodgers has confirmed defender Martin Skrtel will not be risked in Liverpool's return to the Champions League.

Champions League: Arsenal face defensive crisis for Borussia Dortmund trip

Arsenal are facing a defensive crisis ahead of their Champions League opener against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday.

Mail Box

Woke Up This Morning Feeling Fine...

Man United fans are a more than a tad excited, Liverpool fans are a little depressed and we have mails on Mesut Ozil, Newcastle, Aston Villa and lots more...

Fixing The Mess At Old Trafford

Plenty of conclusions on United's win over QPR and their missing link(s), more Ozil frustration, how Liverpool are like lasagne, as well as a word on Diego Costa's temperament...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property