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Boss on soft goals, penalty confusion and bid to end tough run

19 April 2016

McDermott reflects on a late defeat to the Tigers

"We need something to break for us," Royals boss Brian McDermott said after another match which could have rewarded Reading with three points instead ended in defeat due to a dose of bad fortune.

"It sums up the last two or three games. Middlesbrough, could have won the game. Leeds, should have won the game. And tonight is the same. But we didn’t get it.

"It’s a horrible run at the moment, we just need to get a point or something to get out of this little run. And we’ve got to keep going...all we can do is dig in and go again on Saturday.

"We started really well and could have been one up before the first goal in fact – we were really bright and Cox has had a good chance before Coops’ header.

"But then we conceded a soft goal and then came the debate at 1-1 with the penalty. Honestly, I can’t tell from that angle and from that distance if it was a penalty – but the ref's given a penalty, then the linesman I think made a different decision.

"It’s a real tough one to take. Deniss is going in to shoot and he’s gone down. As I said, it’s difficult for me to see from that far away – but when the referee gives it and the linesman changes his mind, it's hard. If he gives that penalty, it’s a different game – and he’s given us a penalty and then taken it away from us.

"We were more compact in the second half in a really open game, but we need to be more resolute and learn to keep the lead when we get it, win games 1-0.

"They’ve got nous in their team and they got it to 2-1 - for their second, although it’s a good strike, the left-back runs a long way without being engaged. So maybe we lack a little bit of nous at the moment.

"They’re used to winning, they’re going to be in the play-offs and they’re going to be a force. We need to start really believing we’re going to win games again.

"We haven’t got a result for four games, so right it’s disappointing for everyone. But we've got a big game coming up now at QPR, I’m sure we’ll take a good number of fans there and we want to get the right result for them this weekend."

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