Thursday 26 April 2018

McDermott relieved to see Reading stop rot

WHEN you're at the foot of the league, any point is important and having been so cruelly denied against Manchester City on Saturday, Reading have got one to lift themselves off the bottom.

It was just their second clean sheet of the season but this game – three years to the day after Brian McDermott was the Royals' caretaker boss for a 1-1 home draw with Swansea in the Championship – shows how far they have come.

"We've needed to find a way to get a good result and we've done that today," McDermott said. "We should've done that on Saturday, we got close... and I really didn't want to lose eight on the spin."

A dire first half featured Swansea's familiar "death by passing" routine but they lost Michu to an ankle injury which makes him doubtful for the trip to Fulham on Saturday.

The scrappiness of the second half made it more of a contest, with Reading sub Adam Le Fondre receiving a booking for a 'Hand of God' finish to Ian Harte's free-kick.

Irish Independent

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