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McDermott: "It's a tough one to take"

2 February 2016

Royals boss 'sick' for both the players and the fans

"It’s tough to take," Royals boss Brian McDermott admitted after another stirring come-from-behind performance ended cruelly with a last minute winner for Ipswich Town tonight.

"We didn’t deserve to lose. It was a tough game, a pretty ugly game at times, but we stayed in the game and got back into it at 1-1...and I thought we were going to go on and win it.

"I think they’ve won every Tuesday night game they’ve had here for about 10 years or something! So to get a point here tonight would have been a good point. So it’s disappointing we haven’t got a result.

"We had a draw in the 89th minute but we couldn’t see the game out for the point. We talked about the details before and you have to get them right to win games in this division. We had a throw in, then one ball down the side of us and they score. We have to get those details right."

The Royals went behind to Ryan Fraser's deflected opener, but levelled from the penalty spot through a fit-again Garath McCleary - and both teams pressed for a winner that looked like it might fall Reading's way. Instead, substitute Brett Pitman found a late, late winner, leaving the Royals without any reward from a Portman Road tussle.

"I can’t complain about the guts, the commitment, and the spirit the boys showed out there tonight. They’ve given us everything, but we’ve got a couple of details wrong. I’m just gutted we couldn't take at least a point home for the fans who came up here.

"But that’s football. That’s what the Championship is about. We’ve got to take it on the chin, get up off the floor and look forward to a run of home games.

"I’m sick for the players, I think they deserved at least a point out there today. But you get knocked down, you’ve just got to pick yourselves up again. Especially in this league.

"In the future we will win games like that. We’ve done it in the past and we’ll do it again.

"Now we’ve got a run of home games which we’re really looking forward to. And I can’t wait. I can’t wait to get back out there for a really big game at the Madejski against Wolves on Saturday."

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