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Boss: Quality came through

26 January 2013

McDermott happy to progress

Royals boss Brian McDermott was very pleased to progress to the fifth round of the FA Cup with Budweiser after a 4-0 home win over Sheffield United - especially on a day when a number of Barclays Premier League sides crashed out of the competition.

Reading had to be clinical to see off a Blades side who played well for decent spells of the game, and we progress into Sunday's draw thanks to two goals from Noel Hunt, a superb strike from sklipper Mikele Leigertwood and a nice team goal from Garath McCleary.

Brian said, "It's been a good day when you consider what's happened in the cup - a couple of teams from the Barclays Premier League have gone out at home. We knew it was going to be tough today but I thought we did the job.

"First half I was a bit agitated which is unusual for me, I didn't think we quite got to the tempo of the game and pass it quick enough. We were waiting for things to happen so we had a few words at half time and we were much more clinical. Second half we defended well, we didn't look like conceding a goal and scored a couple of nice ones ourselves.

"It was nice to see Noel get a couple of goals - and they were all good goals. We were delighted with that and we had some players that hadn't played in a while that needed to play - they've come through fine.

"Noel works really hard, we know he can score if we get crosses in for him. He was even taking a free kick away from Nicky Shorey late on for his hat-trick! He said it was flying in the top corner but the lads aren't convinced!"

Brian made six changes from the Premier League win at Newcastle, and all of those who came in played their part in a good victory.

He continued, "I know what I'm going to get from every player that we've got in the squad and that's really important to me. One thing I know is that I'll get 100% effort from the players - everyone really puts in a shift for the club, for the team, and their fellow players. We have got quality too, and sometimes that gets overlooked at Reading. We've seen some quality goals today - they were very good. We've got players that are hungry and want to do well. They want to play in each and every game.

"You're never completely comfortable on the sidelines and at 4-0 up I was thinking 'they can't score 7 [like Arsenal] can they!"

Leigertwood was handed the captain's armband and put in another excellent performance, including a superb goal and Brian commented, "You could have picked many players, Federici, Shorey, Mariappa, Noel. I was pleased for Ledge with his goal and he's been a stalwart for me in the past couple of years. I'm delighted to have him."

The fifth round draw takes place on Sunday afternoon and Brian simply wants a match at Madejski Stadium. "I don't mind who it is, as long as it's at home. We play the big teams regularly in this division anyway. If we can win another game we're in the quarter finals - and we've been there before and we'll try and go one further again. The only thing that matters is going through and that's what we always talk about, just going through. There's a buzz around the place at the moment and that comes from winning games."

See Brian's full post-match reaction on Reading FC Player now.

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