McDermott previews clash with WhitesBrian McDermott is looking forward to returning to former club Leeds on Saturday as Reading look to pick up three points on the road when they make their second journey north within the space of a week.
McDermott, who spent 13 months in charge of the Whites, is expecting a bubbling atmosphere at Elland Road for the 3pm kick-off.
“I know Leeds well, it’s a great club with great fans... they turn up in big numbers and I’m sure they will be out in force on Saturday," said McDermott.
“I know the manager there, Steve Evans, pretty well. He’s done a great job in his career ad he’s doing a good job at Leeds because, as I know, the circumstance can be difficult at times. I’m looking forward to going back there.
“We're both level on points so it's a big game for us. When you play Leeds it is always a big game with 20,000-plus fans there. We're looking forward to it and want to get cracking now."
Despite a good performance from the Royals on Tuesday evening against league-leaders Middlesbrough, Reading were narrowly beaten as a result of the home side’s last-gasp winner.
McDermott feels the team can use the defeat as motivation to take all three points on Saturday after what was on the whole an impressive performance in the north east.
“It was difficult to lose in the 94th minute, we were really disappointed to lose in such a fashion but now we have another opportunity to take points against Leeds," he continued.
"Both teams will be desperate to win on Saturday and we’ve got a couple of games coming up in quick succession now. First it's Leeds and then Hull, so we know we’ll want to go there and get three points.”