Manager happy for home return
“I love being at Madejski Stadium,” said manager Brian McDermott, ahead of Wolves’ visit to Berkshire this Saturday – the first of four home fixtures on the bounce in February, and a chance for progression in both league and cup.
“It’s great being back home. Madejski Stadium has been such a fortress over the years – I don’t know what the home record has been like over the last couple of years, but I know when Steve Coppell was here and when I was here, it was a real tough place for teams to come to – and it is now.
“The fans get behind us – and we’ve got a cup game to look forward to as well. There’s a lot to look forward to. We want to give the fans something to cheer and play as exciting football as we can – get some goals and get some results, and have a really good February.”
McDermott has already faced Kenny Jackett’s Wolves side once before since his return to Reading – despite dominating a majority of the match, the Royals came out the wrong side of a 1-0 scoreline on a frustrating Boxing Day tie at Molineux.
“On the day they scored from a set play, which we needed to better on and didn’t do as well as we should,” recalled the manager. “If you keep a clean sheet you get a point, but we didn’t. We had a few chances and played well on the day but it wasn’t to be.
“Now is another game and we look forward to it. They are on a good run of results – they have got a great manager who knows exactly what he’s doing in this league and knows what he’s about and has had promotions. I’m looking forward to the challenge that Wolves will give us.
“They have had a few changes, and we have too. It’s going to be a totally different game. I’m just looking forward to a run of games at Madejski Stadium – I think it’s great.”
Both teams go into the game on the back of late disappointments in midweek. Ipswich snuck a last-minute winner at our expense at Portman Road on Tuesday – simultaneously, Wolves conceded a late goal to basement-club Bolton, who took a 2-2 draw in the Midlands.
“You have to take the emotion out of a result,” explained the Reading boss. “We did it to Bristol City by scoring in the 93rd minute – everyone was euphoric, and at the end of the Ipswich game everyone is miserable. There is a fine line – you have to try to take the emotion away.
“We’re trying to build something here. We’re trying to get something good going, and that’s what we’re going to do.
“It’s not healthy to be up in the air, and it’s not healthy to be down on the floor. I’ve got to be in the middle of that and focus completely and utterly on our next game – and that’s what we’re doing.”