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Brian wants better for the bread and butter

14 March 2016

Royals boss on getting back to Championship action

Reading’s FA Cup adventure came to an end on Friday at the hands of Crystal Palace – manager Brian McDermott is happy to be back to Championship action in midweek away at high-flying Brighton.

While the cup has provided plenty of excitement this season for the Royals, McDermott wants to commit to success in the bread and butter of league action for the remainder of this season and beyond.

“The FA Cup is a bonus,” said Brian.  “The year that we won the league, we went out the FA Cup in our first round against Stevenage.  It can’t be that the be-all and end-all of our season is the FA Cup; it must be about the league.

“That’s something that we need to take on from now and through to next season – that’s really important.

“We’ll get to the semis one day!  But the most important thing for me is to get to that other league – that league above.  If I never get to a semi-final but we get to that league above, then I’ll take that.

“Our priority is the league.  That’s what we’re about – we have to be looking to win league games.  For the last 18 months we haven’t done that, so that’s what we’re looking to do.

“My main goal now is to win the next game against Brighton and get a really good performance there.  We’ll play each game – every game that you are involved in is a special occasion and you have to treat it in that way to try and get the best performance you can in that particular game.”

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