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Brian's Posh reaction

28 August 2012

'Happy to be through'

Brian McDermott was happy to overcome a tricky Capital One Cup tie at home to Peterborough, his team progressing 3-2 after all goals came in the space of 25 first half minutes. Peterborough always prove awkward opponents for the Royals, and goals are almost always guaranteed when these two sides go head to head. So while he was not 100% happy, it was pleasing to Brian that his side won by the odd goal in five.

He said, "They're a side who have given us problems in the past and for 20 minutes it was kamikaze, I thought it was going to end up 5-5! We played some really good stuff with the ball, but without the ball we weren't quite at the level we normally are. Their system suits the way they play and they caused us a few problems. There wasn't a massive crowd but that's no excuse, shape-wise we were better second half, but the most important thing is that we are through.

"I could sense in the dressing room afterwards that the lads weren't overly happy with the 'you have a go, we have a go' situation. Having said that we hit the post three times, they also could have scored more and it's something we will address. Give Peterborough credit, they have good players but we are through."

Danny Guthrie put in another good display as the second striker in a 4-4-1-1, and Brian was happy with how his new signings are beginning to settle in. "I thought Danny was terrific, Pavel too and their link up play was very good, they worked really hard. Garath McCleary is an exciting player to watch, we've got Jason and Jimmy to come back, we've got wingers with pace, good set plays, we have a lot of good stuff going on, we need to work well every day and we will."

Adam Federici received very good backing from our supporters, and although he may not have been 100% happy with the second Posh goal, he crucially made some important saves to see his side progress. Brian commented, "He made good saves at both 2-2 and 3-2, that was important and it's important for all of us that we've gone through. My record in this competition is not particularly good so it would be nice to have a run. In terms of the next round, anybody here would be nice!"

Brian picked a very strong side - the same XI that faced Chelsea last week - and he explained, "We had the game postponed on Saturday, and I felt that team needed to play, we'll be better for the game. Had we not seen the Sunderland game postponed it may have been a different team. Now we've got a couple of days off then we go to Bray Wanderers for a game on Sunday, 4 o'clock kick off. We'll stay overnight, come back Monday and then lead up to the Spurs game, we've planned for the break."

Brian's full post-match video interview is live on Reading FC Player now.

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