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McDermott On Reading FC's Late Winner Against Bolton

The boss praised Ola John and the whole squad belief after the 1-0 win at the Macron Stadium.

Ola John was hero of the hour again for the Royals yesterday afternoon scoring a last minute winner to sink struggling Bolton Wanderers and for Reading to leave with three points.

During Brian McDermott's spells at the club, we have been used to seeing last minute winners, and this season has been no different. McDermott was pleased with the end result after the Royals dominated throughout the game, he told the official club website:

"It's the right result - there's no doubt about that.

"You've got to give credit to Bolton - they really dug in for their manager and new owner today, and for their fans.

"Having said that, we came up with a moment of brilliance right at the end and that game should have been done and dusted at half-time.

"Our players have done absolutely their best - they played to play football and pass the ball around. We created numerous chances and got there at the end."


It recent years, it has been very rare for Royals fans to see a last minute winner, but under McDermott this has become a normality and belief seems to be through the team and nobody is giving up, he added:

"That's what we want to see and we want that moving forward.

"I said to the guys you have to keep going and keep believing. I believed all the way. It got to 90 minutes and I still believe we could win it.

"They frustrated us - they got behind the ball and did their jobs well with 10 men, but it's a great clean sheet and a great result.

"It was actually easier playing against 11 men than it was against 10; if you get the goal early on, it's a different matter. But we're grateful for the three points today."


Matej Vydra missed a first half penalty as Bolton went down to 10 men, but John stepped up and scored a superb 30 yard screamer to bring all three points back to the Madejski. On the goal, McDermott said: "It was a moment of brilliance.

"Ola came on and changed the direction of the game, so it's fabulous for Ola.

"He is a little magician sometimes. He can score goals out of nothing and he's done that for us. I was delighted for Ola and all the players."

Up next for the Royals is Nottingham Forest at the Madejski Stadium on Tuesday evening.