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Fans prompt 'meltdown!'

18 November 2012

Response delights the boss

Our victory against Everton was received brilliantly by a record crowd at Madejski Stadium - and there was no better way to get the message across to Brian McDermott than through former manager Mick Gooding.

Mick is now part of BBC Radio Berkshire's commentary team, and is up in the press box alongside Tim Dellor and Ady Williams when Brian speaks live on air after games. After listening to Brian's chat with Tim following the 2-1 victory, Mick gave a first hand account of how well the win was received. 

Mick said on air, "We normally have more texts when it's not been a good performance or result, but the text machine is in meltdown today because there's so many people delighted. That's brilliant for us, usually we get the moaners and groaners which is part of the programme but it's in meltdown now with good wishes."

Brian was rightly pleased and said, "That just tells you there's a lot of good will for the players and they can sense it. I tried to say this last week, it’s a good time to be a Reading supporter. It’s a lot easier to say it this week when you've beaten a top side. But it doesn’t change, it is a great time to be a Reading fan and I want our fans to enjoy every single moment. It wasn’t so long ago we were playing in the lower leagues of the English game – now we’re playing in the best league in the world. 

"Every week we have to play the Reading way. We are a working man's team, in 5 or 6 years we might be different but we just have to do what we have to do. Anyone who comes here needs to know they've been in a game, and Everton know today they've been in a game.

"It was a fantastic atmosphere, a record crowd and the fans were phenomenal, they dragged us over the line. I've said and I'll keep saying it, we need them. We will do things our way, to get the club in the position it wants to be. There was a lot of good will out there today because it's not easy. What you have to do is keep focused and stay in the moment, be positive. I had to close myself away because you can become defensive, which you can't allow. The players need me to do what I need to do. Of course you always get some moans, it's 2012 and everyone wants instant success, we've had nothing but relative success for a long period of time and you Mick know where we've come from as a club. I'm just so pleased tonight that all our fans can go into the pubs in Reading and have a good night. Me? I might go and have an Indian."

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