McDermott takes positives from defeat

Brian McDermott will take the positives from Reading's defeat at Chelsea into the weekend's match against Sunderland.

Last Updated: 23/08/12 at 15:12 Post Comment

Reading's celebrations were short-lived

Reading's celebrations were short-lived

Reading manager Brian McDermott will take the positives from Wednesday night's 4-2 loss at Chelsea into the weekend's match against Sunderland as he continues to set his stall out to attack.

The Royals came from behind to lead 2-1 at one stage against the European champions before eventually succumbing to a defeat, albeit in controversial circumstances.

Chelsea forward Fernando Torres looked offside as he poked the Blues 3-2 ahead and, according to McDermott, the decision cost his side a draw but he also admitted he will take a lot from the performance.

He said: "For what it is worth it still rankles but there is not a lot you can do about it now.

"You have to hope the decisions are right because if they were right (at Chelsea) we would have got at least a point.

"I have taken a lot from it in the way we played and the way the players carried out their instructions and gameplan, but we have had that here for a long time now.

"We set up for whichever team we play against and try to set up to the strengths of our team, we did that and to go a goal down at Chelsea is never easy but great resilience to come back and score a second goal - that gives us a lot of hope and positivity going into the Sunderland game."

McDermott also refuted claims that his players could suffer from a lack of confidence at the Stadium of Light after their valiant efforts went unrewarded.

"The players are resilient, you have to be resilient. You get dips, you get highs and you get lows," he said.

"The thing we have here, we have never become too high or too low, we won loads of games last year but never got carried away and we won't get carried away by a defeat, we will just carry on doing the right things."

New signing Pavel Pogrebnyak scored Reading's first goal to level the scores at Stamford Bridge and Sunderland could also be boasting a completely fresh strikeforce in time for kick-off on Saturday.

With Louis Saha already on board the club are closing in on Wolves forward Steven Fletcher and, although McDermott feels the Scotland international could prove dangerous, he is confident in his own team's abilities.

McDermott said of Fletcher: "He has not signed yet and whether he starts on Saturday, I don't know.

"I know Fletcher really well and he is a good player but how do you deal with the threat of (Fernando) Torres, how do you deal with the threat of (Peter) Crouch?

"It is the same story, you have to deal with the threat, we have a gameplan and we will work on that and we have players who can score as well."

The Reading boss revealed he will keep faith in goalkeeper Adam Federici despite errors in the opening two league fixtures.

Chelsea defender Gary Cahill's shot from long distance was not the most venomous effort but Federici could not get enough on it to keep it out and from there Roberto Di Matteo's side added two more to secure the three points.

But McDermott reckons his number one could take something from his mistakes and use them to improve his game.

"The thing with the Premier League is that you are under the microscope, we know that. I can speak for myself because it is different for me," he said.

"Everything that happens on a football pitch, people talk about it and that is why it is such a fantastic league.

"He will come through that and come through it stronger, we lost the play-off final and I thought it was the end of the world but it wasn't. People make mistakes and we move on and we learn from it and get stronger from it."

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