McDermott's Arsenal reflections
Royals boss Brian McDermott has had the opportunity to reflect on Tuesday night’s Capital One Cup game with Arsenal, and now that the dust has settled he is able to see just why it was one of the most memorable games in living memory.
Of course, Brian would have preferred a memorable win above a memorable scoreline, but the hurt he felt at full time has now subsided.
Speaking as a studio guest on Sky Sports’ Capital One Cup review show he said, "I didn’t think it at the time, but sat here now it's one of the best games of football ever, and we have to take consolation from that.
“Yes a couple of things went wrong, the penalty, the time added on but we’re not talking about diving, there was massive respect for the ref and it’s what football in this country is all about.”
He continued, "The first half was fantastic, we had great movement and it could've been more. But we had the concern of the goal. If we go in 4-0 we win.
"At 4-1 it has to be a penalty, it's stonewall and he's missed it. But you have to credit them for a fantastic comeback.
"Then at 4-4 I just said to go and win it again, I looked around and knew what I had it the group. But overall what an incredible game of football.
“Arsene showed great respect to us with his team and the way spoke before and after the game. I think he was in as much shock as I was late on. It was one to never forget.”