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McDermott: We'll put a 'tricky night' behind us

8 March 2016

Royals will swiftly put midweek defeat to bed

"That game will be out of my mind very, very quickly," Royals boss Brian McDermott said after a 3-1 defeat at the John Smith's Stadium this evening as all eyes are now firmly set on Friday night's FA Cup quarter-final.

"Congratulations to Huddersfield, they've got their result. But we have to put it to bed straight away and look forward to our game on Friday night.

"There was nothing in the game for 50 minutes until we made a mistake which cost us the first goal. A great finish from Ola John that gives us a nice lift at the end, but it wasn't a great night overall and it was a tricky night all round...trying to make the right decisions, trying to pick the right team with the quarter-final of the FA Cup in our mind but also wanting to win this game.

"We picked a team that could have won this game tonight, and I was excited to see that team play tonight, and I thought the team were competitive - even though some of them haven't played for a while.

"It's not been a great night as far as the result is concerned. But we're looking forward to a great night on Friday, in front of a full house at the Madejski and there will be plenty of great nights to come.

"You don't want to lose a game 3-1 away from home, but this result will have no bearing on Friday's game whatsover. Friday is a completely different game which we're looking forward to. This one is one we will move on from very quickly."

The defeat ended an unbeaten streak that had stretched to six games, but now it's all about the visit of Alan Pardew's Crystal Palace on Friday.

"We have to start another run now. And from now it's just about Friday. We'll have 20 odd thousand at the Madejski and let's see if we can put on a big performance, a Reading performance at home."



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