McDermott's joy after first win
Brian McDermott was absolutely delighted for his squad after seeing them come back from a goal down to beat fourth-placed Everton at Madejski Stadium.
Adam Le Fondre scored twice to inflict only Everton's second defeat in 21 games, but more importantly it was the Royals' first win back in the Barclays Premier League.
After a wonderful afternoon Brian said, "I’m so pleased for the players – they’ve deserved that and that’s a culmination of events over a ten game period. Today was what we are all about and it's been coming for a long time.
"After the Arsenal game when people were asking how the boys were going to come back from that, I knew they would because that’s the nature of the players that we’ve got here. We had to become more solid and we've got a result in every game since then, we got a 1-1 against QPR which was crucial, a draw against Norwich, we’ve conceded two goals now in the last three games. We look much more solid and that’s given us a base to go on.
"Today, I thought we deserved to win the game in the second half. We've also deserved to win other games, we should have won other games, but 'should haves' don't get you points and aren't relevant. Today we got the points and we also saw the game out well.
Watch Brian's post-match video interview on Player now, as well as reaction from Le Fondre, Roberts and Gunter.
"The message at half time was just to get the tempo up and play as we play. We are what we are, a working man's team. This is never an easy place for anyone to come, in the first half we didn't play to our level and showed them too much respect, but credit to Everton for how they played first half. We stayed in the game, Federici made some good saves, there were some great blocks, we were still right in it.
"I just said at half time what's the worst that can happen? If you lose, you just go again and move on. I said if you perform you won't lose - and we didn't. Everyone outside was saying we hadn't won, and that can play on people's minds, I know that. But all you can do is concentrate on playing and enjoying the games. I always knew they could do it.
"Everton are a top side. A top manager and a top team, he’s been putting that team and that club together for the last ten years. I’ve got nothing for respect for David Moyes. It’s a fantastic victory for us. What we do now is move on, train on Monday. Win, lose or draw that’s what we do."
Le Fondre came into the team for his first start in almost two months, and again his predatory instincts proved vital. Brian said, "He's not played for a while and he's the man to take a penalty for your life. And if it's there to be headed, Alfie will go and get it. It was a great header and cool as you like for the penalty.
"I had a meeting with the four strikers about the group, supporting each other and being a team within the team. Jason Roberts, Noel Hunt, Pavel Pogrebnyak, these are all good guys. Noel was jumping up and down wanting us to do well and Pavel was on there at full time shaking everyone's hand. I’m fortunate to have a group that buys into everything. That's how we thrive because we don't have the budgets other teams have got.
"It was just a gut feel to play Alfie and Jason, like it was a gut feel to wear a suit! But I don't think me wearing a suit had anything to do with anything,! Sometimes you just so something different and I decided at one o'clock. I'm 51 so maybe I'm too old to wear a tracksuit!"