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Brian agrees with ref

25 August 2012

Boss happy with decision

Brian McDermott fully agreed there was no way our game at Sunderland could have gone ahead - and simply felt sorry for the supporters who had travelled up to the north east.

McDermott, Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill and Neil Swarbrick were all in full agreement that the game should not be played, and Brian said, "There's no way we could have played the game.

"The ball wasn't going anywhere and obviously it was a shock to us. I got a text from a friend as I arrived to say there was a possibility it could be off, I thought it must be a joke but obviously not! To have a game called off in August is unusual but it is what it is. Apparently they trained here Thursday and it was perfect then but it was unplayable today.

"In the Stoke game we got a late point, and then anyone who saw Chelsea saw a fantastic performance, we were very unfortunate. So we came here in good heart, we were ready to play but we'll prepare for Tuesday. But most of all it's expensive for our fans to travel and it's a real shame for them, that's our main concern.

"Now we've got Peterborough on Tuesday in the Capital One Cup and we think we're close to arranging a game in Ireland next Sunday as well. We'll be fine as far as games are concerned even though we've had a few games moved around.

"We flew up, we go back on a nice coach, have a few games of cards and be back quick enough."

Asked about a potential new date he said, "I've no idea. There's an international break coming up so it won't be in the coming couple of weeks and I'm sure the clubs will talk in due course."

Brian was also asked if he expects any transfers in the coming days, saying, "Not overly. We've done as much as anyone in the Barclays Premier League, seven senior players and two younger, we're happy with that."

Lastly, Brian also confirmed that young striker Dominic Samuel was poised to be involved but unfortunately the postponement puts his first involvement with the first team on hold.

Video interviews with Brian and Martin O'Neill are on Reading FC Player now, as well as footage from the Stadium of Light.

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