Friday 20 October 2017

Painful home loss for McDermott

Reading 1 Aston Villa 2

Matt Somerford

Reading boss Brian McDermott admitted his side were hurting after their survival hopes suffered a significant blow for the second successive home match.

Reading boss Brian McDermott admitted his side were hurting after their survival hopes suffered a significant blow for the second successive home match.

The Royals crashed to a 2-1 defeat to fellow strugglers Aston Villa that leaves them above bottom-placed QPR on goals scored only.

McDermott's men had begun the day able to climb out of the bottom three with a win and had led thanks to a calamitous Nathan Baker own goal on the half-hour.

But they failed to cash in on their luck as Christian Benteke levelled two minutes later before Gabby Agbonlahor profited on hesitant defending to thump in the winner in first-half injury time.

"We're hurting. We are very much hurting at this moment in time," he said. "It was disappointing to say the least. It was rough. When we got 1-0 up I though we were ready to kick on. We didn't do that and that's cost us. We have to hold our hands up. We need to be better and see the game out."

Irish Independent

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