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Boss disappointed after cruel end to Elland Road return

16 April 2016

Brian curses our luck after slip denies Royals anything at Leeds

"I think I must be trying to use all my bad luck up at once in these last few games of the season," a disappointed McDermott said after seeing an innocuous ball forward coupled with an unfortunate slip hand Leeds a victory late in the game at Elland Road.

It was a game Reading played well in and arguably deserved at least a point from. "When we came back to 2-2, we all thought we were going to win the game - but it was the same sort of thing as at Middlesbrough," McDermott said.

"We had a chance to win it there and ended up managing to lose it. And the same has happened here; it was just a long ball down the middle, Wood got in and scored. It's one of those things.

"It's disappointing, very disappointing. But there are a lot of positives to take from the game. At half time we were ahead; we controlled the game, we'd had good territory, we'd played well with the ball, we'd created a couple of decent chances to get a second - and if we make it 2-0 it's a different matter altogether.

"We had three young boys on the bench today, George Evans got an hour under his belt, it was great to see Deniss score, Lucas Piazon worked hard, the whole midfield worked hard. We've got more points than we did last season and we know we'll be playing our football in this division next season which of course is important.

"And it's there to see that there's no lack of motivation from the players, if you saw the Middlesbrough game you'll know that, and then coming back to 2-2 today...that's clear to see.

"But, after all those positives, we want to be talking about a win and we're not.

"We're giving goals away a little bit too easily, we couldn't stop the cross for the second for example. It's the ugly stuff we need to be better at, and the ugly stuff we've struggled with as a club in the last four years or so."

Reading could have come away with six points from two very difficult away games, but have got nothing despite positive performances at both the Riverside and Elland Road. And McDermott is well aware that this summer is going to be an important one for this club.

"There was a lot of adversity last week with the frustration at Boro and, for me, a lot of good can come from adversity. We all want us to do well and I know it is frustrating. That's why it's an important summer coming up.

"We're working with a lot of the lads for next season, and we've got a lot to do in the summer," he said. "We have lots of loan players on the books, players out of contract, so it's a big summer for us, a big summer for our football club ...and I'm looking forward to it."

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