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Brian's Arsenal preview

30 October 2012

McDermott relishing facing his former club

Manager Brian McDermott spoke to the local and national press ahead of tonight's Capital One Cup tie against Arsenal - and was quizzed on a number of issues..

Brian, you must be looking forward to facing your old club Arsenal for the first time as a manager since you played for them?

I've managed against Arsenal in youth and reserve matches and I was here when we played them in the league last time. But it's my first time I've come up against them in the first-team.

I'm looking forward to it - I was lucky to be brought up at a fantastic club like Arsenal. The word I use is class - the way they conduct themselves and go about their business.

What do you make of the work that Arsene Wenger has done for the Gunners over the years?

Arsene has done so well for Arsenal over the last decade and a half, consistently securing Champions League football which is a phenomenal achievement.

Wenger will want to win trophies, there's no doubt about that. He's already has done that and they'll want more trophies - just as the likes of Liverpool do.

You've had some time to reflect on Saturday's 3-3 draw against Fulham - I suppose you can take plenty of positives about the way the side fought back?

We played really well in the first half going one nil up and could have gone two up early in the second half - and we'd have won the game if we did.

In the second half I thought Berbatov controlled the tempo of the game which we didn't want. That affected our tempo and they got themselves 2-1 up.

But we have such a good group here - all of our subs were involved with the second goal. Not many teams can come back twice - but we did and that tells you about the spirit and the group we have.

Much is being made about that elusive first win - is that a worry at the moment or are you just solely focused on the next game?

It's positive that we've been ahead four times and we're scoring goals - we just need to finish off games like we have done over the last two or three years.

We're not worried about 'the win' we're just focused on the next game as were always are. We'll concentrate on the game, do what we have to do and the wins will come.

We're trying to live in the moment in this league which we're really enjoying. The quality is phenomenal and you get punished for every mistake you make - like we did on Fulham.

Focusing on the game itself tonight - presumably changes will be made but you will still feel the team you put out will be capable of progressing?

It's another game and we'll do our best to get progress into the next round. We'll prepare as normal and see what the game brings.

We have a great squad here - anyone can get into the team. I'll pick a team that I think can progress.

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