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McDermott: "We should have won it"

23 January 2016

Manager's post-match reaction to a 1-1 draw against Wednesday

Royals boss Brian McDermott was rightly proud of his side having watched the Royals come from behind to claim a deserved point against an Owls outfit who, having won six from seven before the match, were second best for the majority of today's game.

"We should have won," he said. "We're giving teams a goal start at the moment which is no good and we need to work on that. But, having said that, for the last 70 minutes we were in the ascendancy, we were the better team against the form team in the league and a club who have spent a fortune.

"We weren't quite tough enough in the first half and they got the goal, they sat behind the ball, and we had to break them down. Players miss penalties now and again, that's life. But we kept going, showed good quality, good resolve to get back into it. And Yann gave us another dimension in the second half as we tried to do what it takes to win.

"It was great that Coops has scored from a corner, something we haven't done enough recently, so I'm delighted with that. And we've had a little chance right at the end which could have made it 2-1, so there's a slight tinge of disappointment that we haven't won the game.

"We've come from behind to win 5-2 the other night, we've come from behind today to draw, we've come from behind at Derby, so I've got no concerns about this team's ability to come from behind. The most important thing is that we don't go behind in the first place.

"But the boys have shown a real courage today to come from behind again and to get something against a good side. They showed reslience, resolve and desire. It's a team game and, as a group, they've done us proud today.

"I thought we were going to go on to win it and they'll be delighted they've got a point. Our fans relly got behing the team, right to the end and we can be proud of our performance. We should have won, but we'll take the point."

Reading now have a full week's preparation for an FA Cup Fourth Round tie at home to Walsall. "Since I've arrived I don't think I've been home before half past ten, 11 o'clock at night!" McDermott smiled. "So it's good that we can have a bit of time to do some good work as a group this week.

"We've got a couple of games planned that some of the lads might play in, but I'm looking forward to getting a full week in ahead of the cup game against Walsall next weekend."

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