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Brian: A tight game

10 November 2012

McDermott on Norwich draw

Royals boss Brian McDermott says a bit more quality could have seen his team win at home to Norwich in the Barclays Premier League.

His side picked up their first clean sheet of the season, but couldn't produce the goal required to turn one point into three.

He said. "We could have nicked it but there wasn't much in it, it was a tight game. I thought we were in the ascendancy and we kept a clean sheet which is something to build on.

"We didn't do enough with the ball, especially being at home, we didn't do enough quality-wise and we know that. Both teams were nervous at times but we move on with the clean sheet. We've scored numerous goals at home but not today. Maybe we needed an extra touch or just to try a few more things in and around the box.

"Overall I'm not disappointed. We've had a few disappointments this season, for example being ahead against Arsenal and Swansea, but I can't be disappointed with the guys that have given us absolutely everything. The players are in the dressing room disappointed, but they needn't be. 

"Out of ten games we've drawn six, which tells you how close we are. Everyone talks about 'the win' but we just have to concentrate on each game and dig in. We just have to keep going. Nobody has heavily beaten us, by definition in the six drawn games each of them could have gone our way.

"We're closer to the teams in front of us now and we look to forward to putting on a performance against Everton. Our players just want to do so well for the club and the fans, they've done that for me over three years and I've got nothing but praise for them."

A post-match video interview with Brian is on Player now, as well as the thoughts of Adam Federici.

Norwich put in a good display and took their own unbeaten run to four games, and Brian said, "Give them credit, they were very solid, well organised and are unbeaten in four games now. They've come here and kept a clean sheet, they'll be pleased with that, they're well organised and have a threat up front in Hoolahan and Holt, but generally we dealt with them well. We defend as a team. Sean Morrison is a young player making his way and looks a prospect, he won't come up against a more physical test than today. 

"We kept a solid shape, Morrison and Gorkss handled Holt really well. We got up the pitch, stopped Hoolahan getting on the ball, because if you don't squeeze the pitch he'll cause you problems. They hardly had a shot on target, so for us with a bit more quality we'd have won."

Adam Federici came back into the team and although he was hardly tested he was very reliable, and Brian said, "He didn't have a real save to make, his general play was good, we know how good he is, he's a top goalkeeper. He kept a lot of clean sheets last season and I'm pleased for him, so too the back four.

"I'm always confident in the group. The fact we've been scoring goals, the fact we've got a great bunch of people, staff and players, there are many things that give me confidence. All I can say to our fans is that these players are giving us everything. There are times we need a bit more quality and we know that ourselves, but we have produced goals this season. Now it's on to Everton next week, another full house and we'll need our fans with us again."

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