The Madejski Stadium

Next Game

Reading v Cardiff

Saturday, 04 April 2015, 15:00

Sky Bet Ch'ship

The Valley

Last Game

Charlton 3 - 2 Reading

Saturday, 21 March 2015, 15:00

Sky Bet Ch'ship

Great relief for McDermott

Reading manager Brian McDermott was a relieved man after his side notched their second Premier League victory of the season by defeating West Ham 1-0 at the Madejski Stadium.

Last Updated: 30/12/12 at 08:15 Post Comment

Brian McDermott: Reading manager a relieved man after win over West Ham

Brian McDermott: Reading manager a relieved man after win over West Ham

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Pavel Pogrebnyak capitalised on an error from James Collins to net the winner in the fifth minute and the Royals then held on with Hammers sub Ricardo Vaz Te spurning a late chance to equalise after Reading midfielder Jem Karacan had rattled the bar.

McDemott said: "It's a great relief and I thought it was a real resilient performance. We had to stand up to West Ham today and I thought we did that.

"It was a great finish by Pavel in the first half and Jem's hit the bar in the second half. I thought we needed the second goal but I thought we managed the game well in the last 10 minutes.

"They have had that one opportunity that they didn't take so every point in this division is precious. We have realised that and it is a good win for us today.

"We are so pleased today because it was a great, great show of strength and show of unity at the club. Our fans will go home happy tonight because they have got the three points and that is the most important thing for us."

When asked what had changed over the past few games, McDermott said: "A tactical switch, a mindset switch, we have to do what we have to do to pick up results and I have been fortunate in the last three years that I have got results - we are in a results business whatever league we are playing in and we need to keep that going.

"Last year was a miracle to win the Championship, I don't know how many points we are behind but all I know is that we have got to try and win the next game."

McDermott was also delighted to see Pogrebnyak net his first goal since October.

He added: "They've made a mistake but he has still got to finish it. It was a top-class finish and Pavel can finish. He has proven that and if we can get him the service he can finish."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

hould have stayed because we carried him for 6.5 years. And then he has a breakthrough season, and was gone soon after. MU fans, you would be as disgusted had C Ronaldo left in 2007 and not 2009.

godof86
Is Van Persie Slipping Sadly Into The Night?

G

ood grief. Someone guessed that the form English player at the moment might be in his national side with some other players? And that's espionage? Now if they discovered that Emile Heskey was going to be in the starting line up.... at right back.... THAT would be espionage. Give it a rest Roy.

RogerRedHat
Hodgson hits out at Kane leak

H

e may get away with if Liverpool can swap the video with one of Skrtel dancing or something, but if they review the one shown on TV he's screwed.

hump3.
Skrtel denies violent conduct

Footer 365

Wayne Rooney cannot wait to link up with Harry Kane for England

Wayne Rooney has been gripped by the excitement surrounding Harry Kane and can't wait to link up with him against Italy.

Tottenham striker Harry Kane to make first England start in Italy

Harry Kane will make his first start for England in Tuesday night's friendly in Italy, Roy Hodgson has confirmed.

Southampton striker Graziano Pelle starts for Italy against England in Turin

Southampton striker Graziano Pelle has been handed a start for Italy in their friendly against England in Turin.

Mail Box

Can Wenger Coach Young Players Anymore?

One Mailboxer wonders whether Wenger has still got ability to bring through young talent. Plus £50m for Sterling, stop being matey with footballers and Blackpool...

Forget About Flair And Play Like Greece

'Forget about flair and play like Greece' is one outsider's advice to the England national side, while an Arsenal fan wants to sell Theo Walcott to get Marco Reus.

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