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Brian: We've got a plan

16 November 2012

McDermott on seeing out games ahead of Everton clash

Reading manager Brian McDermott has revealed that the Royals have a strategy in place for seeing games out until the very last minute.

As the side look to build on their clean sheet against Norwich, Brian said it's important to find the balance between a defensive and attacking mindset ahead of the Madejski Stadium clash with Everton tomorrow - a side Brian has a lot of respect for.

"Last week, the football wasn't what we wanted to play and I suppose that effected the atmosphere," he told BBC Berkshire. "We want to play some good stuff on Saturday and get the fans behind us as we really need them. We look a lot more solid and it's now it's about finding the balance.

"You can't always have the gung-ho attitude. We've got to find the balance, get a clean sheet and score goals at the other end."

"Everton are really competitive, they've started the season well and they've got a real spirit about their group," he added.

"For me, Phil Neville epitomises everything that's good about football. He's a great guy and a great leader. When we beat them in the FA Cup a couple of years ago, he was the first to congratulate us."

As for the plan, Brian wouldn't disclose the details understandably, but said that it's designed to ensure the side hold on to leads as the side aim to kill games off - as they did during the last campaign so successfully.

"We've done something - we did it before the Norwich game. We talked about letting leads slip and put a plan into place for after scoring and late on in the game. Last season, we killed games off so well and it's important that we do it again

"We've drawn six games out of ten, and five out of six. Obviously we're drawing a lot, so it means we're in the games. By definition, we could have had six wins - because a draw can be a win very easily.

"We're going to look at getting the right result against Everton - and that's three points. Afterwards, we move on to the next game. We're living in the moment and nothing else."




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