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McDermott: "We've got a lot of work to do"

7 May 2016

Brian glad to put this season behind us and start summer plans

"It’s a disappointing end to the season, but I’m glad to put this season to bed," manager Brian McDermott said after a 3-1 defeat at Ewood Park on the final day of the campaign.

"We didn’t start well and went 2-0 down before the game got going. We got ourselves back into it and had a few little opportunities, but nothing major.

"It was good that Rob Dickie and Josh Barrett got 45 minutes each today and Hal Robson-Kanu also got a half going into the Euros with Wales – they are pluses. But I’m glad this season is done.

"We can look forward to the summer now. The owners and I will have a conversation and see where we go from here and we'll get ready to go and do what we have to do to make sure we’re right for pre-season.
 
"We have to make sure that we get the blend right - we haven’t got the chemistry right for a couple of years here, so what we do in the summer is important going forward," McDermott continued.

"There have been some moments this season, mainly in the FA Cup, where we can say we came away really proud of our performances, but next season we want that feeling after 46 league games, week in and week out, turning up in every game and showing real strength and commitment to win and get back to what we're all about.
 
"We've got a lot of work to do but I have been looking forward to this summer for quite a while now - with the right support and everything that goes with it, we can get the right blend to finish at the top end of this division next season.
 
"We’ve got an awful lot of players going out of the building, so it’s important that we do what we have to do and recruit the right players and the right characters. If we can do that, we can be successful.​"

McDermott's final word in his post-match press conference was for the fans who had followed us to Lancashire this afternoon. "Credit to the fans behind the goal there, we've been on such a poor run and we don't want that for them.

"I know these fans really, really well. I don't want to be sat here saying the same things after every game and I certainly don't want to be saying the same things next season - we want to be in a very different position in the league.

"We appreciate everything the fans have done for us this season, the support they've given us, travelling in big numbers away from home to places like this, and I know what it's costing them. We want to put a team out on the pitch that they can be proud of next season."

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