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McDermott: “I believed all the way”

2 April 2016

Boss gives match reaction after late win in Bolton

Last-minute goals have been a hallmark of Brian McDermott’s reigns at Reading Football Club – and the latest earned Reading all three points against Bolton at the Macron Stadium.

Whether it was a whisker wide, off the post, or a stop from goalkeeper Ben Amos – the Trotters looked like they were going to dig in long enough to seal a share of the spoils.  That was until the game ticked into added time, when a moment of inspiration from Ola John earned an unrelenting Royals side a 1-0 win and all three points.

“It’s the right result – there’s no doubt about that,” reflected the manager.  “You’ve got to give credit to Bolton – they really dug in for their manager and new owner today, and for their fans.

“Having said that, we came up with a moment of brilliance right at the end and that game should have been done and dusted at half-time.

“Our players have done absolutely their best – they played to play football and pass the ball around.  We created numerous chances and got there at the end.

“That’s what we want to see and we want that moving forward now.  I said to the guys, ‘you have to keep going and keep believing’.  I believed all the way.  It got to 90 minutes and I still believed we could win it.

“They frustrated us – they got behind the ball and did their jobs well with 10 men, but it’s a great clean sheet and a great result for our games.

“It was actually easier playing against 11 men than it was against 10; if you get the goal early on, it’s a different matter.  But we’re grateful for the three points today.”

The Dutchman’s goal was a thing of beauty.  A drop of the shoulder on the left was enough to buy himself the space to launch a ferocious strike beyond the reach of the goalkeeper from the best part of 30 yards.

“It was a moment of brilliance,” Brian continued.  “Ola came on and changed the direction of the game, so it’s fabulous for Ola.

“He is a little magician sometimes.  He can score goals out of nothing and he’s done that for us.  I was delighted for Ola and all the players.”

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