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Brian: “I wanted a win for the people behind the goal!”

27 February 2016

Manager gives reaction to Charlton triumph

“I was amazed how many fans we had here today – that’s why we play,” said Brian McDermott after a stunning, action-packed meeting with the Charlton, which ultimately ended 4-3 in Reading’s favour.  Over 3,000 supporters travelled through to London to get behind Reading, and that support was rewarded when Deniss Rakels’ 93rd-minute goal grabbed all three points for the Royals after Charlton had levelled from two goals behind.

“We play for them – I didn’t want to lose that game or draw it – I wanted to win it for those people behind that goal today.  That’s for them.

“I’ll love it tonight at about 11 o’clock!  The fact that we’ve got the win is great – we’d have lost that match a few months ago.  We’ve been really tight at the back and I’ve been banging on about clean sheets, and we’ve been saying the same in the dressing room – but we conceded three today.

“I loved the first half.  I thought we played some fabulous football and scored three great goals.  We talked at half-time about controlling the game and making sure we didn’t do anything rash.  We didn’t do that – it was end-to-end.  It was we have a go, they have a go.

“We have to learn from that.  But Deniss got us out of trouble right at the end – that was a fabulous finish and the goals were top, top drawer.”

The pendulum was firmly swinging in Reading’s favour in the first half – Yann Kermorgant’s first two goals in Royals colours (at his old stomping ground) and one from Ola John helped us to a 3-1 lead.  Yaya Sanogo had other ideas, completing his hat-trick in the second half, before Rakels’ late, late winner for Reading.

The manager commended the way that Reading came back to win it after throwing away a two-goal cushion - as well as the quality of the four goals that his charges scored.

“We know about their ability – character was a question-mark,” said McDermott of his team.  “But they have shown that resilience to get off the floor.  At 3-3, you’re thinking ‘which way is it going?’

“So I’m absolutely delighted for Deniss tonight.  He’s a great lad and his English is coming on a bundle now.  It’s lovely for him, it’s good for the lads – they are great lads.  It’s three wins on the trot now, so that’s great.

“It was a brilliant pass from Yann for Ola John’s finish – and Ola’s cross for Kermorgant’s header was brilliant.  Kermorgant’s second finish was brilliant, and that finish from Deniss was brilliant.  I don’t use that word very often, and I’ve just used it four times.”

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