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"We found our identity"

26 September 2012

Brian's reaction to fantastic win

Royals boss Brian McDermott shared in the delight of the 1,495 travelling fans in celebrating a 3-2 cup win over QPR at Loftus Road this evening.

"It was a great night," he began. "We talked a lot about the identity of our team and this week has been a case of stripping us back to what we're about.

"I think you saw what we are about in the very first two or three minutes of the game, the way we closed down, the tempo of our game, everything we did.

"Nicky's goal was terrific, Sean Morrison's block on Cisse's shot at the end was one of the highlights of the night, Jimmy Kebe was exceptional for our team tonight - it was great to have him back.

"All our players worked really, really hard all night and I'm so proud of them.

"We lost our identity a bit in the last two games, but tonight we got it back.

The Royals twice came from behind to secure progression into the last sixteen of the competition; goals from Kaspars Gorkss, Nicky Shorey and Pavel Pogrebnyak earned Reading a home tie against Arsenal in the next round.

"Whatever the outcome of the game tonight, I would have been proud of our players. 

"It's about results. I'm not stupid. But having said that, the performances have to be there.

"Whatever team we put out, has to be a 'Reading' team. That's important.

"I feel we've let our fans down a little bit in the last two games and I hate doing that.

"So tonight has been a good night for our fans - and that's who we play for.

"The boys are feeling good now, but We move on quickly after a win, a draw or a loss. So it's all about producing a performance against Newcastle on Saturday."

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