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Brian on Gylfi & Spurs

31 December 2012

McDermott ready for the Lane

Royals boss Brian McDermott knows all about the quality we will face against Tottenham at the start of 2013 - especially if Gylyfi Sigurdsson comes in for the banned Gareth Bale.

We go to White Hart Lane with a spring in our step after the win at West Ham, but it will of course be very difficult against a side fourth in the Barclays Premier League.

Brian said, "I watched their game on Saturday when they won at Sunderland, we know their quality, White Hart Lane is difficult but we'll relish it.

"Bale is a top player but they're not a one-man team. I really like Andre, he's a friend and he is doing a great job. They have Gylfi who we had since 14, top lad and top player. 

"They played well when they came here, we didn't compete like we needed to, but that's a long time ago now. We need to go there, be right and compete."

Brian was asked if he'd stick with the team that beat the Hammers and said, "Hal and Noel came on and did well. We're used to playing lots of games, we love playing.

"It's getting tighter in the division, teams are coming back to us. We were written off in April but we will keep doing our best. We've got great fight and spirit, every single player sticks together.

"I'm looking forward to it [Spurs] - these are the places you want to go. We went to Man City and pushed them right to the wire. It's important that we got four points from the past two games - it gives us a real fillip."

If you're not going to the game you can listen LIVE on Reading FC Player.

All of our tickets for the match are now gone - none are available on the day of the game.

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