Our unbeaten streak continues, but there was a bit of frustration and disappointment at the Madejski yesterday afternoon when Reading drew 2-2 with Championship strugglers Fulham.
Brian McDermott left the stadium happy, with our unbeaten run still in check but it was clear that the all important game against Crystal Palace on Friday was on his mind.
Moussa Dembele gave Fulham the lead before Hal Robson-Kanu scored a brace for the Royals. Ross McCormack equalised from the penalty spot to secure an all important point for Fulham.
McDermott told the official club website,
"They started well and got their goal from a set play. We got back into the game and got level with Hal's penalty, then a great bit of skill from Ola John helps Hal make it 2-1.
"They get another penalty to make It 2-2 and we're throwing the kitchen sink at them to try to nick the win again. But we just couldn't get one in the back of the net.
"But it means we stay undefeated in a good while, we take a point which takes another position up the table, so we're grateful for that. Two sides doing the best they possibly can today... that's Championship football for you.
"We were unfortunate not to go 3-1 up and I think that would have been game over then. But they were hanging in there and fair play to them, they got themselves their goal and like us tried to win the game late on.
"We wanted to take the three points, but I'm pleased with everything that the boys are giving me. We have top class players and staff here, top class people, there's a good camaraderie with the fans now and we're trying to play, pass the ball and get results. Today we take a point."
Hal Robson-Kanu was superb in the first half before he was taken off by McDermott at half time due to injury and Ola John, who played all 90 minutes received a special mention from the manager, he added:
"Hal is making goals, he's scoring goals - I've known him since he was a young boy. I know him really, really well. I trust him, he trusts me and he's a really good player.
"He's been great for Reading over a long period of time and I'm pleased he's adding more goals to his repertoire as well.
"And Ola is a winger with great ability - when he gets in, things happen. He's lovely to watch, good on the eye, creating chances, he lasted 90 minutes today and he's getting fitter all the time and some of the stuff he did today was excellent."
It's the start of a huge week for the Royals with Huddersfield coming up on Tuesday before our FA Cup Quarter-Final fixture against Crystal Palace on Friday. Can we continue our unbeaten run and celebrate a return to Wembley?