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Friday 18 April 2014

McDermott - Win is getting close

Brian McDermott believes Reading are getting closer to a victory

Reading boss Brian McDermott is confident his side are closing in on their first Barclays Premier League win of the season.

The Royals sit 18th in the table, with six points from their opening 10 league fixtures, and will be looking to claim that much-needed victory against Everton at the Madejski Stadium on Saturday.

"The bottom line is that we have drawn six games out of 10 and five games out of six," he said. "So obviously we are drawing a lot which means we are in the games; the only thing we are looking at now is getting the right result against Everton."

He added: "We've won a lot of games here in the last two-and-a-half to three years, we want to get a result and get three points because every team by definition wants to do that, and then we move on to the next game. We are very much living in the moment.

"Obviously we haven't won a game in 10 but we've got six points and six results, we could have had six wins because a draw can be a win very easily."

The goalless draw with Norwich last weekend brought Reading's first clean sheet of the season and came just 11 days after McDermott saw his side leak seven goals in the Capital One Cup against Arsenal.

Norwich manager Chris Hughton said after last weekend's game that striking a balance between a tight defence and a threatening attack is harder for the smaller clubs in the league, an assessment McDermott agrees with.

"We have been scoring goals so if we can keep being solid I know we are going to score goals. Chris is right, you do need to get that balance right and that is what we are trying to do at the moment," he said.

"We didn't create enough in that particular game, we came off the back of a 7-5 and went to QPR and looked more solid.

"We looked solid again against Norwich and that is a starting point. I think you need that starting point and now you have to get the balance right in attack as well."

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