DW Stadium

Next Game

Wigan v Reading

Saturday, 09 August 2014, 15:00

Sky Bet Ch'ship

McDermott remains positive

Brian McDermott insisted Reading would not be demoralised by their 3-1 defeat to Everton at Goodison Park.

Last Updated: 02/03/13 at 21:09 Post Comment

The hosts were rampant at times as they stormed into a 3-0 lead courtesy of Marouane Fellaini's header just before half-time and fine Steven Pienaar and Kevin Mirallas goals after the break.

However, the visitors never gave up battling and had several chances to score before substitute Hal Robson-Kanu netted a consolation six minutes from time.

McDermott, whose side have now lost their last three Premier League games and remain one point from safety, said: "We have come to a top side. They are good quality and if we could have got that first goal, then maybe it is a different game.

"It was an uphill task. We dug in and kept going and that will be good for us in the weeks ahead. That result won't affect us next Saturday.

"The most important part of a footballer's body is the brain, and we need to make sure we are mentally right - and we will be.

"Last year we had to make up 15 or 16 points [to gain promotion]. I have just said to the players, 'Can we make up one or two?' and they said we might just do it. You never know."

The game could have had a different complexion had Adam Le Fondre's rasping 28th-minute shot not rebounded off the post with the score at 0-0.

McDermott added: "It is a bit frustrating. We had an opportunity with Adam Le Fondre's shot that smashed against the post.

"At times today, in the first half in particular, we played that game on the front foot.

"We saw them through to 40 minutes, which is unfortunate, and then they scored a worldly. Losing a goal before half-time it is never good."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

am jealous but i do wonder why he's never done anything for barca and why they seemingly don't give two hoots that he's leaving. they clearly rate suarez more than him, that much is inarguable

bobsy
Sanchez Is A Game-Changer For Arsenal...

L

uis Suarez: on his way to Barcelona. Liverpool : on their way to the Conference.

wotyomamased
Liverpool agree sale of Suarez

D

aryl Janmaat, a cheaper alternative to Micah Richards? World Cup semifinalist versus Man City's backup, England's... what, fifth choice right back? That really hammers home the English premium.

harry hotspur
The Blank Gossip

Footer 365

World Cup final: Bastian Schweinsteiger wary of Javier Mascherano's pack of wolves

Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has compared Argentina to a pack of wolves, with Javier Mascherano its leader.

World Cup final preview: Germany face Argentina in Maracana showdown

A wonderful World Cup will draw to a close at the Maracana as Germany and Argentina battle it out to become champions.

World Cup: 'We do not fear Argentina,' insists Germany boss Joachim Low

Germany head coach Joachim Low insists his side are brimming with self-confidence heading into the World Cup final.

Mail Box

Alexis Sanchez: Really Not THAT Good

The backlash has begun: Why are Barca letting him go if he's any good? We have mails on Alexis Sanchez, Luis Suarez, the World Cup and the wonder of F365...

Stop Your Sobbing And Man Up...

Oh and honey, put the kettle on. We have more World Cup mails but it's mostly an orgasmic explosion at the signing of Alexis Sanchez. Could this be Arsenal's year?

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