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McDermott wary of Cottagers' threat

4 March 2016

Royals' boss previews clash with Fulham

Reading manager, Brian McDermott, wants to build on last weekend’s victory when the Royals host Fulham at Madejski Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Despite the Cottagers' lowly league position, the Royals boss is wary of the threat the opposition will pose when they travel to Berkshire for the 3:00pm kick-off, a threat that McDermott has first-hand experience of, from his time working at Leeds.

“There’s plenty of threat in their team,” commented McDermott.  “I know Ross McCormack very well – he was captain for me and did brilliantly. He got 28 goals for me when I was at Leeds and came up with a number of assists as well.

“He’s so highly thought of in the game so it’ll be nice to meet up with him.  Matt Smith was there as well; whether he’ll play a part on Saturday I don’t know, but he did very well for me as well.  They have got some very good players in their team.”

The victory at Charlton was Reading’s third win on the bounce, with the Royals unbeaten at Madejski Stadium so far in 2016, something that McDermott wants to continue tomorrow.

Despite winning against Charlton we made mistakes,” admitted the manager. “We want to learn from those mistakes and build on the win this weekend against Fulham.

“They will want to come to Madejski Stadium and want to put on a good performance to get the right result.  We’ve got a really good week that we are looking forward to; the start of that week is the Fulham game at home.”

Having spent a brief spell at Fulham as a player, McDermott knows all about the Cottagers, and feels the Reading faithful can be of great significance when it comes to the Royals getting a result on Saturday.

“I think Fulham is a great club I used to play there, but what we want to do is that we want to learn from the experiences of last weekend and try and put on a really good home performance.

 “Our home record has been really good and the atmosphere at the stadium at West Brom was top drawer which really helped us get through to the next round”.

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