Royals boss on learning from mistakes
Brian McDermott says his side are constantly striving to improve their game - and believes the squad have learned a lot since their 3-2 defeat to Wigan in November.
On that occasion naivety cost Reading a point as a swift counter attack granted the Latics a late victory, but a run of impressive league form indicates that the Royals are growing in stature in the Barclays Premier League.
“At the time it hurt, we were in a position where we had a point and we were a little bit innocent to say the least,” said Brian.
“We learnt from that. There’s no point having regrets, it’s done. Results would suggest that we’ve learnt that and I’ll tell you an example. Against West Brom, it was 2-2 and we were nearly going to take a quick free-kick. But we set it up, we waited, we got it right, and we scored to make it 3-2. That’s why you’re in football, you learn.
“What I see here is a club that’s always improving. Every year we’ve progressed as a club and we’re trying to build something. We want to be playing in the Barclays Premier League next season, it’s really something that we’re striving to attain.”
That’s not to say that McDermott wants to sacrifice attacking intent, and the boss was keen to stress his determination to entertain supporters.
“We know how we play, we try to pass the ball, we try to get it down and if we have to go long we’ll go long. I saw Van Persie hit a 60 yard ball the other day, which was a long ball, but was top, top drawer. Man United play, they mix it up, they go short, they go long – and that’s what all the best teams in the world do.
“I like to attack, that’s my gut feel. Obviously I have to calm my own instincts down sometimes but we always attack late in the game, because we’re trying to win. I like to give the fans shots, crosses and play in the opposition’s final third if we can.”
Finally, it was clear that the achievements of Latics’ manager Martinez haven’t gone unnoticed at Hogwood Park.
“It’s unbelievable what he’s done. I’m sure there have been times where the club looked at it and thought, we’re struggling, but they stayed with him. And, to be fair, Roberto showed real loyalty because I’m sure there’s been opportunities for him to leave. You’ve got to admire that – the fact that he stuck by Wigan and Wigan have stuck by him. I think it’s a great story.”