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McDermott: Ollie can hit them!

5 April 2016

Brian delighted with both performance and win

"He can hit them!" the manager said when asked about Ollie Norwood's match-winning strike. "And that was a teriffic finish.

"His performance was teriffic. He's still a young guy, he's played 200 odd games, he can score, he can pass it, he can tackle and that role really suits him and we're all trying to find a way of playing as a team. And tonight, some of our football was excellent."

The Royals dominated this evening's encounter with Nottingham Forest from the first whistle to the last but still had to come from behind to beat Paul Williams' side after Forest took the lead completely against the run of play just before half-time.

"We played really well in the first half but we got knocked back with them scoring just before half-time," McDermott said. "But I was delighted with the way we came back again - it was a good three points and we were good value for the win. We certainly deserved it.

"It was ridiculous we went in 1-0 down, how we went in behind at the break I do not know! We created countless chances, they scored, but we kept going and we turned it around to win 2-1.

"It was the same story on Saturday at Bolton - we had 75% possession in that game and we could have scored three or four befor half-time, but one goal settled it. One of these days we're going to score early and score four or five goals in a game!

"But I'm delighted we've won it tonight. I've always known the Madejski to be a difficult place for the oppostion to come to and we want to get some momentum going here. We've got seven points from the last nine and we're trying to move forward.

"It's a shame the season is going to come to an end in seven games' time. But the best way to move forward is to win games and we want to create this feel good factor again here - that's what we're looking to do."


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