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Brian McDermott On Wolverhampton Wanderers Draw: "They Made It Really Difficult For Us"

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Reading FC's manager defends his team after they failed to beat Wolverhampton Wanderers.

After a disappointing result midweek, the Royals were hoping to redeem themselves with a good result against Wolves, but with fans calling for the black plastic bag on the pitch to be named man of the match, it would give a good idea of how the game went.

In appalling conditions, the Royals did get a point with a goalless battle with Wolves, so a positive is that we did get a clean sheet. Brian McDermott was reasonably pleased after the game, he told the official club website, "A tough game, a real battle in horrible conditions.

"It was a tight game with both sides giving their all. Wolves were never going to come here and lie down and just let us attack in an open game. It's not how it works.

"They played with a lot of players across the midfield, sat deep and made it really difficult for us - and we couldn't quite break them down.

"We needed to score that goal and if we could have found a way through, they would have had to come out a bit more. But they were well organised, Kenny's got them well-drilled and you have to play the conditions.

"You want to win your home games. But sometimes you have to be pleased to keep a clean sheet and take a point. This is the Championship. 46 games. You get a 0-0 at home sometimes and you have to take them when they come along.

"We got beat late, late on against Ipswich in midweek and yet today we've kept a clean sheet and we've got a result.

Listening to the radio yesterday evening, fans were extremely frustrated to only take a point from the game, but in the conditions, it could be seen as a good point. But another positive is that the Royals under McDermott have only lost once in his seven games in charge at the Madejski.

He added: "It's February in the Championship - one of the toughest leagues in the world. You are going to get these sorts of games. But when it's tight at 0-0, you have to make sure you pick up a result.

"Ali Al-Habsi made a great save, Paul McShane made a really, really good block as well. A clean sheet and a point gained.

"Deniss Rakels has come on to make his debut and I thought he looked bright. He had a shout for a penalty at the end and, if it falls for him there, he scores. It's difficult to see, but there must have been some contact that has brought him down. And then Yann came close with his volley right at the end.

"It wasn't a great watch today. But a clean sheet, a resilient well-earned point, and we move on. Now we're looking forward to Burnley next weekend."