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"A tough battle in horrible conditions"

6 February 2016

McDermott gives his reaction to a goalless draw with Wolves

“A tough game, a real battle in horrible conditions.” Brian McDermott’s summary aptly described a hard-fought battle between Reading and Wolves this afternoon, which ended goalless.

“It was a tight game with both sides giving it their all. Wolves were never going to come here and lie down and just let us attack in an open game. It’s not how it works.

“They played with a lot of players across the midfield, sat deep and made it really difficult for us – and we couldn’t quite break them down.

“We needed to score that goal and if we could have found a way through, they would have had to come out a bit more. But they were well organised, Kenny’s got them well-drilled and you have to play the conditions.

“You want to win your home games. But sometimes you have to be pleased to keep a clean sheet and take a point. This is the Championship. 46 games. You get a 0-0 at home sometimes and you have to take them when they come along.

“We got beat late, late on against Ipswich in midweek and yet today we’ve kept a clean sheet and we’ve got a result.”

Swirling winds and relentless rain certainly didn’t help this afternoon’s game as a spectacle, and despite being frustrated in failing to take all three points in front of our home fans, the Royals have now only lost once in seven home games under McDermott.

“It’s February in the Championship - one of the toughest leagues in the world. You are going to get these sorts of games. But when it’s tight at 0-0, you have to make sure you pick up a result.

“Ali made a great save, Paul McShane made a really, really good block as well. A clean sheet and a point gained.

“Deniss Rakels has come on to make his debut and I thought he looked bright. He had a shout for a penalty at the end and, if it falls for him there, he scores. It’s difficult to see, but there must have been some contact that has brought him down. And then Yann came close with his volley right at the end.

“It wasn’t great to watch today. But a clean sheet, a resilient well-earned point, and we move on. Now we’re looking forward to Burnley next weekend.”

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