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McDermott keen to meet top-flight challenge

19 February 2016

Royals boss previews cup clash with the Baggies

No-one in the Royals camp is under any illusions about the task at hand this weekend – our Premier League guests West Bromwich Albion went away to Goodison Park and won last weekend, as well as showing the resolve to progress past a lucky Peterborough team in the previous round of the FA Cup.

“West Brom have got a team that went to Peterborough and were given a difficult game, and they got through that,” said Reading manager Brian McDermott.  “And last weekend they went to Everton and won 1-0 – it shows what they are capable of.

“They have got a great manager who knows what he’s doing – he’s been doing it for many years now.  He has been a fabulous manager over the years.  They have got individual players that can hurt you, and there are a few players still there from when I last played against them – so there’s a longevity there as well.

“They get results and that has been proven.  Any Tony Pulis team that gets put out there will get results because the manager knows exactly what he’s doing.  You give him massive credit for that over the years.

“You want to meet the challenge of the Premier League, because that’s where we all want to be.  These players are playing there week-in, week-out and we want to meet that challenge.”

Reading manager Brian McDermott hopes that his side can put on a show and get the right result when West Brom visit Madejski Stadium in our FA Cup encounter on Saturday.

A win for the Royals would mean just our sixth appearance in the last eight of the competition – and it would be the third time under McDermott’s stewardship.

“We’ve got a little bit of history here; last year Reading got to the semi-final against the Arsenal,” said the Royals boss, who also led the team to successive quarter-finals in 2010 and 2011.  “Let’s see how far we can go. 

“We’re getting closer – we’re looking forward to this game and we’re going to enjoy it.  It’s important that we enjoy this game and enjoy the occasion and playing, and try to get through.”

The Royals gaffer also told us of his favourite memories of the competition from bygone years from his time in the hotseat...

What's your favourite FA Cup moment as a Royals supporter? Brian tells us his favourite from his time as manager...

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