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Satisfied McDermott Explains Lack Of Substitutes In Derby Draw

The Royals' boss was happy with his side's performance against second-placed Derby.

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I woke up a very happy Reading fan this morning after a great 1-1 draw against promotion chasers Derby County at the iPro Stadium.

I can imagine that Brian McDermott also woke up pretty happy with his team's display last night. Jason Shackell put the home side ahead after 11 minutes after poor defending from a corner, before Danny Williams equalised just before half time to secure an important point.

McDermott had a laugh with the press last night as he didn't look as delighted as everyone may have thought, he told the official club website and press:

"I know I don't look pleased, I apologise for my face. I can't alter my face. It's the only one I've got. So I do apologise that I don't look really, really happy. But I am happy with everything that's gone on tonight. I'm proud of the players and I will try to liven my face up!

"We had good pace and passed it really well in the final third - everyone in the dressing room contributed to tonight, but unfortunately we just couldn't kick on and win the game.

"They are really trying to have a go at getting into the Premier League here and Paul Clement is a top manager - they've got good staff here, good players, so I'm sure they're going to be close come the end of the season.

"And it's never easy when you concede a goal in front of 28,000 people. It naturally gives them a lift... but it gave us a lift too. I thought our goal was fabulous, a great passing move.

"I've seen a lot of teams at Reading over the years and this team can really play, they can pass it, they move the ball. And I didn't make any changes tonight because I felt all the time that we were going to go on to win the game.

"We played very well tonight. We've done our jobs tonight which is important. We showed good quality and good spirit. The players have tried everything to win the game, so I can't be disappointed by just a point, I can never be disappointed when I see the players giving us everything.

"We haven't come here for a draw, we've come here to win this game - and we'll try to win every game we're involved in. We've got to be proud of what we've done tonight.

"We're trying to build something, we're trying to build a good side going forward. We've got good players in our dressing room, a good spirit and they can play. We've shown that over the last three games or so; we've won one and drawn two and we probably should have won them all. We're just trying to improve day in, day out.

"The camaraderie in that dressing room, going over to the fans at the end of the game as one, it showed everyone is going in the same direction - and that is really important. That's the identity I'm talking about."

We are still unbeaten in 2016 and MK Dons are up next for the Royals after their hefty defeat against Burnley yesterday evening.