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Brian: An important point

26 December 2012

Boss pleased with step forward

Brian McDermott says today's draw with Swansea was an important psychological boost for his team.

After seven games without a win, this point not only gives his players a lift, it also takes them above QPR in the Barclays Premier League table.

He said, "It was important to get a point, a clean sheet and to move up a place as well, nobody wants to be bottom. We're getting closer to the teams above us which is where we need to get to.

"We wanted to win and we nearly did that. It was phenomenal defending from Flores to get Alfie's volley off the line, I don't know what he was doing there! Give him credit for that.

"And there was Alfie's disallowed goal, we were a bit unfortunate because generally refs give handball goals here! The ref got it right though, it was handball but it's just a shame he wasn't refereeing when Demba Ba scored a handball for Newcastle! I think Alfie was being held back which is why he couldn't get his head on it.

"We've had a run of seven games when we haven't got any results and I didn't want it to get to eight because the boys didn't deserve that. Five of those seven were away and the two home games Man Utd and Arsenal, but today we looked solid against a good Swansea side. We have to find a way of getting results and we've got one today. They had a lot of the ball first half but didn't really hurt us. Michu put one over the bar from our mistake but other than that it was bits and bobs, I think they'll be delighted with a point.

"A clean sheet is progress for us. We've been having 3-3 games, 7-5, 4-3, 5-2, so for us to get that is very important. We should have had one at Manchester City as well. We have to go that way, we have to pick up points and do what we have to do. A 0-0 today is better for us than a 3-3."

Jem Karacan was man of the match after another superb display and Brian said, "Incredible. The boy has got energy to burn. His workrate was excellent and just look at the ground he has covered in the last two games.

"It was good to see Danny [Guthrie] out there today and credit to him. It's been a tough time for him, he's settled down now and is really part of the group. I was pleased he got through 90 minutes as well.

"There was Fedders too, we know he's a top goalie and he made a good save and another very good catch late on as well, I was delighted for him.

"Now we look with confidence to West Ham and we want to win. I'm buoyed by today."

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