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Boss ‘gutted’ not to earn deserved win

19 March 2016

McDermott disappointed that decisions went against us this afternoon

Royals boss Brian McDermott was frustrated that a performance that deserved a win was denied victory by some key decisions that went against his side against play-off chasing Cardiff this afternoon.

"We should have won. If the referee sees Ameobi handle the ball before they score, deflect it into his path, we would have won that game 1-0. And it's a definite handball, it's in the middle of the pitch, the referee is close to it and we all saw it on the line.

"We've got a point against Cardiff, a team who are trying to get into the play-offs - but I think they'll be the team pleased with a point this afternoon.

"We had chances to score a second, there were a couple of penalty appeals for handball in their box and right at the end McShane was pushed inside the area - so it's gutting to get a draw when we should have won the game.

"I don't want to bleat on about referees, but it's a nailed on handball. In my opinion, the referee has got a massive decision wrong and I'm gutted he's missed it. The margins are very small and you need the officials to get the big decisions right.

"It was never a penalty the other night against Crystral Palace in the FA Cup and, if it was, then we should have had about three today. But it'll turn and we'll get a break soon."

The Royals had taken a deserved lead when substitute Garath McCleary produced a fantastic finish to volley home a first half opener, but Lex Immers headed City level after Sammy Ameobi had bundled his way into a shooting position and stabbed a deflected shot against the inside of the post with 25 minutes remaining.

"Garath's was a teriffic finish, he came off the bench and it was a great volley into the top corner," McDermott continued. "We could have had a couple more but we weren't quite ruthless enough.

"And even right at the end, Coxy had a chance - it was a stretch and it would have been a great finish, but he just couldn't keep it down. He did well to get into the position and I thought he looked bright when he came on.

"They, on the other hand, didn't create too much and we deserved to get the win. We'll dust ourselves down and go again after the international break against Bolton.

"Today's was a game we should win 1-0. So I'm just bitterly disappointed. But we'll get over it quickly, because we've got nine games to go, so let's see how many points we can get. We just want to win the next game and there are 27 points to play for this season."



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