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McDermott pleased despite defeat

Reading manager Brian McDermott was extremely pleased with his players efforts, in their 3-1 defeat to Tottenham on Tuesday.

The Royals took on early lead against Andre Villas-Boas' side at White Hart Lane, as Pavel Pogrebnyak headed home after they hit the bar. Spurs soon equalised as Michael Dawson attacked Gylfi Sigurdsson's corner and went in front thanks to a back-post header from Emmanuel Adebayor. Clint Dempsey sealed the victory with ten minutes to go.

Speaking to the Official Reading FC website, McDermott said: 'Our fans clapped the players off at full time and that tells you something. I'm never happy when we don't win but we showed a great spirit today. When we went in front, I thought if we could get in at half time 1-0 we had a chance. It was a great free kick from Hartey and Pavel headed in.'

'We got done on a set play and the second one was a good goal, Lennon and Adebayor did well. Then at 2-1 we had opportunities, I've seen them again and we were very unfortunate not to score from any of them. When you come here, playing against this team, you know they're going to have a lot of possession with what they've got going forward.'


Despite letting Spurs have way too many shots in the game, the heart we showed during that second period was admirable from our point of view. Not many teams will create more than four chances against Spurs at White Hart Lane, so we can just rule this game out, as no one really expected us to get anything from this game. Onwards and upwards!

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Writer: Josh  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday January 2 2013

Time: 3:00PM

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I like McDermott but he couldn't say anything else could he? Mr Man United (Webb) gave a very dubious free kick which you took full advantage of. You played 5 and sometimes 6 in midfield that restricted Spurs to long shots until half time. That also made McAnuff (?) play too far back to protect your left back against Lennon. The hole game was played at practice match speed and we strolled it. I really hope you survive but you'll have to show more intent than you did yesterday.
Andre's Crouching
I agree, we drop way too deep sometimes. As much as this denies team's space and frustrates them, it means we have no attacking outlet. There is only a certain amount of time you can do this until you are punished.
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