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McDermott: "We have to find consistency"

16 January 2016

Royals boss reacts to our first defeat of 2016

"It wasn't a good afternoon for us. I never saw us losing the game, I didn't think that for one minute," Royals boss Brian McDermott plainly put it after a 1-0 defeat at stadium:mk this afternoon.

"I certainly thought it was going to end 0-0 at very worst, but we got done on the set play, as we did at Wolves, and that's something we need to sort out.

"It's disappointing because we had nearly 3,000 people out there supporting us today. We spoke about the fans before the game and how important the fans are to us.

"For them to turn up in their numbers here - and some of those fans have paid an awful lot of money to follow us in three games within the last week. We have to have a cause to play for and those fans are why we're here, who we are playing for.

"And off the back of the Derby game, where we felt we should have won the game...we have  to find a level of consistency."That is what we're trying to do at this moment in time. We have to find that consistency from within us and get the right results. We have to find a way to get a result in games like this and we didn't do that today."

The talking points post-match surrounded the performance of man-of-the-match goalkeeper David Martin, and a decision from referee Charles Breakspear to show just a yellow card to Kyle McFadzean when he tripped Matej Vydra as he scampered in behind the back line and looked to bear down on goal.

McFadzean had part to play in setting up the Dons' winner in the dying stages but arguably should have been sent off for denying Vydra that route to goal.

"He should have been off. It's a red card," McDermott bluntly told the media. "Vydra is running away from him and it's a certain red card. There's no doubt about that.

"I've seen it back, he's actually going to take a touch inside to take him through one versus one with the goalkeeper.

"The referee may have thought he was going wide, but he wasn't. What's the point in talking to the ref, I just said it's a sending off, he didn't agree. That's it. No point in talking about it any more.

"And that's life, sometimes it can kick you. Their goalkeeper played well, he needed to because I think if he didn't, we would have won the game.

"We're creating chances which is important, we have to keep putting oursleves in those positions and we have to start scoring them.

"It was a 1-0 game and I thought we would do it. Unfortunately we haven't. They've kept a clean sheet, they've got a 1-0 win. They'll be happy, we're disappointed.

"I want us to go out there now and play again. But all we can do now is start preparing outrselves tomorrow for the cup game against Huddersfield Town on Tuesday night."

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