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Brian calls for resilience

27 November 2012

Royals boss looks to Villa

Brian McDermott has called for resilience as the Royals prepare to take on Aston Villa at Villa Park on Tuesday evening.

After a late defeat to Wigan Athletic this past weekend, Reading's boss believes that his squad will once again show their strong mentality as they look to bounce back against Paul Lambert's men.

“We were devastated after a result like that - it was tough on us but we move on quickly and I can’t wait to get going against Villa,” he said.

“As a team and as a group we have to make sure that we are resilient. There are no issues with our mentality or our fitness – we just have to see games out. The ironic thing is that we've always been a team that have scored late goals. We've been trying to win games but a point away from home is good – and sometimes we have to take that.”

McDermott was also quick to acknowledge that the Villans boast a strong spirit of their own – after a hard fought goalless draw with Arsenal on Saturday.

“They’re a fantastic club and were very successful during the 70s and 80s. They’ve got a promising young side now with a real threat upfront with Benteke and Weimann.

“They look like they’ve got a great spirit about them - they’ve got a great manager there – I know him well, he’s a good guy. I watched them against Arsenal and they fully deserved a point – they possibly could have won it.”

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