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"No regrets"

8 March 2013

McDermott determined to perform

Brian McDermott has called for the Royals to ensure they have “no regrets” come the end of the Barclays Premier League season. 

The Royals take on Aston Villa at Madejski Stadium on Saturday afternoon – and the boss is determined to put on a performance against Paul Lambert’s men. 

“At the end of every season as a manger you never want any regrets. I want to look back on this season and know that whatever happens we have done what we had to do and we have taken the game to the opposition,” said Brian.

“I don’t need to emphasise anything about this game to the players. They know how important it is for them, their families, our club and most importantly for our fans to put on the right performance. We want to give the supporters value for money, and that’s what we’ll be aiming to do between now and the end of the season. If we can get the fans into the game early then they’ll make a real difference.”

Reading’s last top flight stay was brought to an end on goal difference, something which McDermott has not forgotten.

“It might be at the end of the season that everyone is looking at this end of the league rather than the other one, because I think the other one might be done and dusted by then. It was painful to go down last time, full stop, but I remember we were 4-0 up and if we scored another 3 we would stayed up.  It’s all about fine margins. 

“We were 3-0 down against Wigan and down to ten men, the way they were playing, that score could have been anything. But we still came out of that with an OK goal difference. Hal Robson-Kanu scored a goal late against Everton the other day, so who knows. Staying in the game is so important – if it comes down down to millimetres and that’s what it takes then great.”

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