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McDermott On Wolves Defeat

His first away trip ended in defeat so what did Reading boss Brian McDermott have to say following the 1-0 loss at Wolves?

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Brian McDermott's second game in charge saw his first defeat back as Royals manager after a frustrating 1-0 defeat against Wolves.

The Royals sloppy defending in the first half saw James Henry score for the home side, but there was a shout for a penalty for Reading after it appeared to hit the Wolves defenders hand. We came out and completely dominated the second half but were unable to find that vital goal to bring us back into the game. It goes to say our performance saw Royals midfielder Oliver Norwood as man of the match despite the loss.

McDermott told the official club website,

"We should have been winning the game early on, I don't know if it was a penalty, I haven't seen it back, but I thought it was handball. But the referee hasn't given it and that's the Championship for you.

"We had a couple of opportunities to go ahead... but they score the goal. You need to get the details right and we were a little bit loose from a throw in, we got done on a one-two and gave a free kick away - and you don't give free kicks away in this division because people score from free kicks. And that's exactly what they've done.

"That first goal made all the difference. We could have got a draw maybe even won the game, because our possession was good - but it was just a case of converting one of those chances.

"We passed it really well, we controlled the second half, but they got the result. The be all and end all is the result - but sometimes you can take something positive from the performance.

"In the second half, I don't know what the stats were possession-wise, but we had an awful lot of the ball and yet we couldn't get that goal. We had lots of shots, but maybe we need to work the ball into better areas. We'll learn from that.

"We need to get into better crossing positions, we need to get into better shooting positions. We need to hit the target more, sometimes maybe you need to score an ugly goal.

"But they got the goal, they got behind the ball, they were desperate for a win, we were desperate for a win - they got it. We move on to Monday now.

"We'll take that one on the chin and we go again on Monday. There's certainly a lot of talent in our dressing room and if we can mix that talent with the mentality of winning and knowing what is required to win, we could have a real chance."

The Festive season football continues tomorrow against Brentford and McDermott is looking forward to the test, he added:

"We're disappointed, but we don't dwell on it. What we'll do now is go back on the coach, discuss what happened, leave it and put it to bed.

"Our attitude has got to be leave that one behind, learn from what's happened and pick a team to go again on Monday. I'm looking forward to it."