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22 September 2012

McDermott reflects on Hawthorns loss

Royals boss Brian McDermott was understandably disappointed after an evenly-contested game earned his team nothing this afternoon.

"It looked like it was a 0-0 game - or it should have been at least," he began.

"I know they hit the post in the first half, but there wasn't much in it and they [West Brom] will regard that as an ugly win. We wanted it to be an ugly win that went our way.

"We have to take the positives. We were better than we were against Spurs, but I know we are better with the ball than we're showing at this moment in time.

"We need to create more chances, be braver with the ball and have more touches in and around their box.

"And this league is unforgiving. Alex McCarthy played well in goal, but he didn't have a chance for the goal - we should have blocked the shot.

"And, at the moment, anything that could go against us is going against us. That won't stay the same throughout the season."

The Royals will now look to bounce back and respond with a win in a Capital One Cup clash at QPR on Wednesday.

"We need a run of games more than anything else right now," McDermott said.

"It's really important that we get that run of games and stick together as a group, do what we've always done.

"We've got two big players in Jimmy Kebe and Jason Roberts hopefully coming back soon and that will be a big plus for the group.

"But we've really got to show our personality in the next game and come out fighting."

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