Next Game

Rotherham v Reading

Tuesday, 28 April 2015, 19:45

Sky Bet Ch'ship

The Madejski Stadium

Last Game

Reading 0 - 2 Brentford

Saturday, 25 April 2015, 15:00

Sky Bet Ch'ship

McDermott admits Leeds concern

Leeds manager Brian McDermott fears uncertainty surrounding the club's ownership is affecting his players after defeat by Reading, while Royals boss Nigel Adkins was thrilled with the win.

Last Updated: 12/03/14 at 08:12 Post Comment

Brian McDermott: Ownership issue is affecting results

Brian McDermott: Ownership issue is affecting results

Reading roared into a four-goal lead before Leeds regained some pride but with just two wins from their last 15 games, McDermott's men are surely confined to another season outside the top flight.

Reading, on the other hand, underlined their promotion credentials and are undefeated in their last four away matches.

McDermott said: "We would love to get some stability at the club so we can move forward. Uncertainty over the future ownership has been dragging on for such a long time that there is apprehension around the place and the main conversation is about the ownership."

Massimo Cellino's prospective takeover remains shrouded in uncertainty, leaving doubt over McDermott's future as well after the Italian tried to sack him in January.

McDermott said: "Leeds have had a lot of managers in the last 10 or 11 years. I want to try and break that cycle.

"I know it is a results business but we have had no stability here for a long time. Obviously it would help if the manager knew who the owner was going to be."

Reading boss Nigel Adkins was delighted with the away win and said: "They were three very valuable points.

"We were excellent in the first half and deservedly went in one up. We expected Leeds to come at us in the second half but we went on the front foot to score three quick goals.

"Then a goal goes in to lift them and it's immediately followed by a wonder goal from Rudi Austin. The place was bouncing then and we showed great character to defend because they really went for it."

The kick-off was delayed by half an hour after congestion on the M62 but the delay had no effect on Reading, whose pace and precision passing had Leeds repeatedly at full stretch and unable to bring Royals keeper Alex McCarthy into the action until he gathered Alex Mowatt's header just before the break.

By then Leeds had gifted Garath McCleary the opening goal in the 25th minute with a mix-up between keeper Jack Butland and defenders Jason Pearce and Marius Zaliukas.

But it was a disastrous seven-minute spell early in the second half that had Leeds fans demanding to know what was going on as Royston Drenthe, Nick Blackman and Hal Robson-Kanu helped themselves to goals.

Drenthe's left foot free-kick was sublime, substitute Blackman was allowed a free header and Robson-Kanu's goal had Leeds in total disarray.

Matt Smith left the bench to bring Leeds to life, latching on to Pearce's downward header to score at the foot of a post, before Austin rifled a spectacular goal from 30 yards to offer a crumb of comfort.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

inners: All of us watching the latest installment of The Daley Blind Hour. This weeks episode was called Sun Kissed In Merseyside, and although it was a bit of a downer, he was splendid to look at.

tk421
Has Di Maria's Spell In England Turned Sour?

I

think Liverpool should start trying alternative therapy now, given that Sturridge's hips and knees are apparently unfathomable to modern medicine. Voodoo, acupuncture, healing oils, rolling in the snow after a hot bath, its all got to be worth a go now.

slideways
Sturridge doubt for run-in

W

ell thats the most one sided, Mourinho ass kissing, Terry loving conlcusions I have ever read. Does Daniel Storey have a tattoo of the Chelsea crest on his calf too? What a plonker.

goonergo
16 Conclusions: Arsenal 0-0 Chelsea

Footer 365

Jose Mourinho: Cesc Fabregas not in PFA team 'strange'

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says it is 'strange' that the PFA Team of the Year has no place for Cesc Fabregas.

Chelsea captain John Terry: We are definitely not boring

Chelsea captain John Terry claims that nobody will remember their defensive performances in the title run-in.

Javier Hernandez is hard to drop on current form, says Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti admits Javier Hernandez's starting position is non-negotiable given his current form.

Mail Box

Mail From Fan Who Craves Relegation...

In this case it's a Sunderland fan who just wants to see a clear-out. We also have mails about Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Everton. It's long and it's sexy...

Is This What Arsenal Fans Feel Like?

'It's all well with the short and pretty passes, but we did absolute f*** all up front,' writes one Man United fan. We have mails on Chelsea, Brendan Rodgers and...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company