McDermott: Fans lifted Reading

Reading boss Brian McDermott felt the home fans played a key role as his side fought back to claim a 3-2 win over West Brom.

Last Updated: 13/01/13 at 08:19 Post Comment

Free £50 bet

Daily Offers and Promotions, sign up for a free £50 matched bet

The Royals looked to be heading for defeat when Romelu Lukaku added his second goal after the break, but Jimmy Kebe's strike sparked a thrilling fightback.

Adam Le Fondre levelled from the spot with two minutes remaining before Pavel Pogrebnyak pounced in stoppage time to claim a precious win for Reading.

McDermott said: "You have to believe in the players that we've got. I think the crowd here, they don't know how important to us they really are. They got us over the line here today.

"Once we scored the goal, the Jimmy Kebe goal, they really got into the game and made a massive difference to our players.

"Then when we scored to make it 2-2, I thought I don't want to lose this game, but we might as well try and win it because it was so important and I think Pavel Pogrebnyak's finish was top drawer for the third goal.

"I'm looking forward to watching the last eight minutes of that game."

McDermott admitted his side had to produce a much improved second-half display after letting West Brom get a grip on the game.

"Yeah it was flat for whatever reason," he said. "We couldn't really get beyond our striker, they looked pretty comfortable West Brom and you know Steve Clarke's done a fantastic job there.

"They will be disappointed to be two up and lose the game I know that, but all I can say was our side was really resillient.

"I've been lucky enough to work with these guys for a long time now and they've got great character."

Free £50 bet

Daily Offers and Promotions, sign up for a free £50 matched bet

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

P

resumably, Diaby is in this team but receiving treatment

lee
The Pre-Season 'Is He Still There?' XI

A

deadwood 11 and not an arsenal player listed. Heady days.

EssexGooner
The Pre-Season 'Is He Still There?' XI

W

ithout doing any research I would have to say that Richard Wright is the singular most successful ex Ipswich Town player I know. Yes, thats what the kaleidoscopic whirlwind of highs and lows feels like supporting the Tractor Boys. In other exciting news I saw two, count them, TWO squirrels today. What a start to August.

hump3.
The Pre-Season 'Is He Still There?' XI

Footer 365

Premier League: Jordan Henderson looking to raise game for Liverpool and England

Jordan Henderson is aware that he needs to 'step up' for Liverpool and England following the departures of key men.

Transfer news: Manchester City hoping to complete squad with centre-half

Manchester City are planning one more summer deal, with only a centre-back required to complete their squad.

Premier League: Paul Lambert delighted to have Roy Keane at Aston Villa

Paul Lambert is enjoying working alongside Roy Keane, a man he sees becoming a key figure at Aston Villa.

Mail Box

How Can Tim Sherwood Be Out Of Work?

Don't peple know his PPG was THE BEST EVER FOR A SPURS MANAGER? We also have mails on Luis Suarez, the new fashion for 3-5-2 and more...

Plenty Of Reasons Why Lukaku's Worth It

The mailbox defends Everton's enormous outlay on Romelu Lukaku, while we also have mails on Spurs and Suarez. Oh, and worrying about the new magic spray...

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