Royals' boss wants his team to be at the top of their gameRoyals' boss Brian McDermott is aware of the threats that this evening’s visitors Crystal Palace will pose, and feels his team will have to be at the top of their game if they want to progress to the semi-final of the FA Cup at the expense of our Premier League opponents.
“Palace have got threats in their team,” McDermott pointed out. “They have got very good players and a good unit – it wasn’t so long ago that they were winning every week.
“We need to play well; we need to play at the top of our game. For me it’s about the performance – I want everybody to play top-class, and if we can do that then we have an opportunity.”
The gaffer admitted that he had studied the Eagles in detail and is going to set his team up accordingly, knowing that Palace could be dangerous, especially off the back of their recent and controversial defeat at the hands of Liverpool.
“We know that Palace have threats and top-class players; we’ve done our homework and I’ve seen them play,” continued Brian. “We’ll do what we have to do, and we’ll concentrate on ourselves and our performance.
“They’ll be hurting after that result [against Liverpool] – obviously we have to be aware of that, but we need to take care of ourselves. We have to make sure that we perform – it’s a Premier League side coming to Championship club.”
The home advantage is something McDermott wants to make the most of, and that the Royals faithful have helped the team out on several occasion this season. In no game was that support more prominent than the previous round against West Brom.
“It’s at our ground which is good for us, because we love playing at Madejski Stadium,” said the Royals boss. “I’ve always enjoyed playing at Madejski Stadium – the atmosphere has always been great.
“The last one against West Brom was fabulous… it was a great atmosphere. We went 1-0 down and they dragged back us into the game. I’ve always loved playing at Madejski, especially in front of a full house.”