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5 October 2012

Brian looks ahead to Swansea trip

Royals manager Brian McDermott sat down with readingfc.co.uk to discuss a variety of matters ahead of the all-important clash with Swansea on Saturday...



A busy week as always Brian - I assume you're looking forward to Saturday's match?

Absolutely - we can't wait to get down there. We're playing against a side that did really well in the league last season and have started this one just as well.

Will the club, Swansea City, always resonate with you in a certain way after the play-off final?

I think it will, actually. It will always be in my memory, even when I'm an old man - and I'm an old man now! It was such a massive game and I'll never forget about it.

It was an incredible game. When we scored those two goals early in the second half, the atmosphere in the place was amazing. I'll never forget that. And I was proud of the performance and the way we came back after half-time. But then I had to live with the summer, losing players, and trying to build again.

That day is a good memory now. If we weren't where we are now it would still be a bad memory. History is history, both teams have moved on now. So now we just want to go there and do what we want to do.

That play-off final wasn't long ago, but it feels like a different era for both clubs now. You're taking on Michael Laudrup's side this Saturday - what do you make of him?

He was a fantastic footballer and will be a great manager. I remember him as a manager for Getafe and he did a brilliant job on a tight budget. And I know his assistant well, too. Michael's a really nice, humble guy. When I met him I already knew who he was of course, but he introduced himself to me which tells you a lot about him as a person.

And this weekend's game will bring two sides together who can play great football - should be an exciting one?

Every game in this league is such a big occasion. You can just see how much coverage and respect each game gets - and its fantastic. I know Saturday will be another full house watching two teams just going all out for the win.

And obviously you'll be hoping that we can get the three points we so deserved last weekend?

We'll go there in the same frame of mind that we have done in the last couple of games. It's very clear to everyone what's happened in the last two games compared to the previous matches. Bar Chelsea, we didn't really play with the identity that we're about and I think everyone, especially the new players, realise what we're about now. We know what we have to do and what will be required. It will be a big challenge so we have to do our stuff on Saturday. 

The mood is good. We've got our identity back, what we are, what we're about. And we're improving. We've got to go there and put on a performance. 

And the away end will be full once again on Saturday which must help.

Our travelling support is phenomenal. At West Brom, Chelsea, QPR they were excellent and made a real difference. The first thing I do when I walk out is look to the fans and see where they are. It's great for the players and we just want them to enjoy every single game this season. We want to make sure we do them justice. 

Back to matters around Madejski Stadium and we've brought in Steve Head as our Head of Scouting and Recruitment this week...

It's given me a real lift really. Anton is very passionate about that side of things and I knew that was an area in which we needed to move forwards. We've got great scouts at the club now and it's exciting times.

I believe Steve grew up in Reading and trained with Robin Friday at one stage - and you know him well after doing your coaching badges with him?

Yes - we had two weeks together doing our badges. I know him really well - he's a solid individual with good ideas who works his socks off.

And on the playing side, Sean Morrison signed a extended contract in the week - he's one for the future for sure isn't he?

Definitely. He's not played as many games in our team as he would have liked but we're bringing him through, trying to work with him and get him to the best place he can possibly be. He had a great loan spell last season at Huddersfield helping them get promoted. He came on against QPR and I felt he did really well in a game in a difficult situation. I'm really pleased for him.

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