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Boss pleased to extend unbeaten streak

5 March 2016

McDermott praises his players after today's 2-2 draw with Fulham

Unbeaten in six, one defeat suffered in the last ten - Brian McDermott was happy with a point against Fulham which means we will go into next Friday's FA Cup quarter-final clash against Crystal Palace with an unbeaten Madejski Stadium record for 2016 in tact.

"They started well and got their goal froma  set play. We got back into the game and got level with Hal's penalty, then a great bit of skill from Ola John helps Hal make it 2-1," the Royals boss summarised after the 2-2 draw with the Cottagers.

"They get another penalty to make it 2-2 and we're throwing the kitchen sink at them to try to nick the win again. But we just couldn't get one in the back of the net.

"But it means we stay undefeated in a good while, we take a point which takes us another position up the table, so were grateful for that. Two sides doing the best they possibly can today...that's Championship football for you.

"We were unfortunate not to go 3-1 up and I think that would have been game over then. But they were hanging in there and fair play to them, they got themsleves their goal and like us tried to win the game late on.

"We wanted to take the three points, but I'm pleased with everything that the boys are giving me. We have top class players and staff here, top class people, there's a good camaraderie with the fans now and we're trying to play, pass the ball and get results. Today we take a point."

Hal Robson-Kanu scored both goals this afternoon, winning and converting a penalty before heading home a lovely cross from Ola John - two players who deserved special mention after the 2-2 draw.

"Hal is making goals, he's scoring goals - I've known him since he was a young boy. I know him really, really well. I trust him, he trusts me and he's a really good player.

"He's been great for Reading over a long period of time and I'm pleased he's adding more goals to his repertoire as well.

"And Ola is a winger with great ability - when he gets it, things happen. He's lovely to watch, good on the eye, creating chances, he lasted 90 minutes today and he's getting fitter all the time and some of the stuff he did today was excellent."

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