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Brian relishing Cup tie

4 January 2013

McDermott on taking FA Cup seriously

A change of competition, scenery and atmosphere for the Royals this weekend - but Brian McDermott's FA Cup attitude is exactly the same.

After an engaging festive period in which the Royals picked up four points, Reading will now take on Crawley Town in the third round of the famous competition - and Brian McDermott is determined to avoid a repeat of last season's disappointing early exit at the hands of Stevenage.

"(There were some) decent performances," said Brian. "I thought we could have won the game against Swansea - we were unlucky with Alfie's shot at the end there. But its got us closer to where we want to be.

"Danny hasn't played a lot of football since he had the injury, Jem had that long term injury and we were putting a lot of guys out there who have played in each and every game. We're going to make a few changes, it's a team we think can go there and get a result.

"We've always taken the FA Cup very seriously – and this is a tough game for us. We know what we're up against, it's going to be a full house I'm sure, a small ground – and a good atmosphere.

"It was a low point (Stevenage loss). We lost the game at home and it was a nothing performance from us on the day, really disappointing and Stevenage came and did a job on us and got a result. We knew that wasn't going to be easy on the day and we know this is the same."

Brian says it will be nice to be reunited with Steve Coppell, now at the Director of Football helm at Crawley - but is fully focussed on the task of the Red Devils in what will surely be an exceptional FA Cup atmosphere at the Broadfield Stadium.

“It'll be good to see Steve (Coppell). I still see him regularly, he comes to the training ground, we have a cup of tea together, he watches the odd under 21 game. He's enjoying himself – listen he could be a manager if he wanted to be a manager, but he's enjoying himself. It’s a new role for him and he's an asset at any club.

"I look back at his time as a lot of fun. Socially we had a good time, football wise we had a good time, he's a funny man. Sometimes that won’t come across but he's got a great sense of humour, I just remember us winning an awful lot of games when he was here. He'll always be remembered.

"Steve talks really highly of Richie (Barker), says he's a really good manager – and he's doing a good job for them. We know what we're up against, it's going to be a full house I'm sure, a small ground – and a good atmosphere."

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