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McDermott on “A real resilience”

13 February 2016

Royals boss proud of clean sheet against division's top scorers

Royals boss Brian McDermott was pleased to have seen his side show the 'resilience' needed to earn a clean sheet against the team who went into the weekend as the top scorers in the Championship.

"It's another clean sheet against a team who will probably be playing in the Premier League next season," he said. "They've got a good chance - they know what they're doing, they turned us round early on and there's a certain formula you need to get out of this league and they might have it.

"They've got players who can score, they put five past MK Dons on the road, three past Brentford away – but I thought we might nick that game. To get a 0-0 here though, we’ll take that today.

"When you’re playing a top team like Burnley, it’s got to be a point gained. The players showed real resilience, fighting for everything, going into every tackle- there were some great battles going on all over the pitch.

"No-one was giving an inch, it a real tough Championship game. Once again our players stood up to them and it could have gone either way."

Both teams hit the post in the second half and an uncharacteristically angry Ali Al Habsi parried Andre Gray's penalty away after the division's top scorer had won a spotkick when hurdling the Omani stopper's slide.

"Ali said to me he didn't touch him, so we don't think it was a penalty. And the goalkeeper has had to make a fabulous save from penalty and there was a great reaction from the fans when made it - and Ali's done really well for us again today, so I’m delighted for him.

"I’m proud of all our efforts today. We’re inching towards where we want to get to, we showed the relience I wanted to see, kept a clean sheet, and now we just need to add the goals to those clean sheets.

"You have to match teams, especially teams like Burnley. They are the top scorers in the Championship and we’re just trying to build going forward. Now, we can look forward to a good week’s training and then meeting West Brom in the FA Cup here."

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