McDermott wants to continue winning runReading face Birmingham City at Madejski Stadium on Saturday afternoon, and Royals boss Brian McDermott is fully concentrated on getting the home sides’ third win on the bounce as the Royals look to finish the season on a high.
“It’s been really encouraging that we’ve won the last two and we’re unbeaten in three, so we’re looking at getting a real good bit of momentum going on,” said McDermott.
“We want that momentum and if we can get it going into the end of the season that would be really good. The squad are in a good place, hopefully the fans are enjoying what we’re trying to do and enjoyed the game the other night. “
McDermott, celebrating his birthday today, knows his side will face a tough test when they line up against City, despite the visitors' poor run of form in recent weeks, and was full of praise for his opposite number, Gary Rowett, in the opposition dugout.
“I think Birmingham are very lucky to have a manager like Gary Rowett, he is a great coach and a top class guy,” commented McDermott. “He did a fabulous job at Burton, is doing a great job with Birmingham and he’s one of the up and coming managers in the game.”
“They will want to come here and get a performance and get a result, but Madejski Stadium is a hard place to come for teams.”
The Reading manager underlined the importance of the Royals’ home form in 2016 and stressed it is something he wants the team to continue over the next few months in order to build success in the long term.
“We’re unbeaten here in 2016 in the league and we want to make sure we maintain that and make sure it is a difficult place to come for the whole of this year.
“To make sure you are successful in 12 months’ time you have to focus on today and the here and now and do the best you possibly can,” McDermott continued.
“In the Championship we have always historically had good runs at home and have been tough to play against and tough to beat. We want to play good football at home, get good results and want the fans to come out and watch us...and enjoy what they’re watching.”