McDermott: Make the fans proud againBy Jonny Fordham
December 31, 2009
Brian McDermott has called on his Reading players to restore some pride to the club when they take on Premier League giants Liverpool in the FA Cup.
More than 23,000 fans will descend on Madejski Stadium on Saturday for the third-round tie against Rafa Benitez’s Reds (live on ITV 1, 5.15pm kick-off).
And McDermott wants to see a reaction from his Royals squad following their humiliating 4-1 defeat at Plymouth Argyle on Monday.
The 48-year-old caretaker boss said: “The main thing we have to do as a club is to restore the pride. We really let the fans down in the Plymouth game and it’s important that we get some pride back for the supporters.
“I watched the Plymouth game again on the coach on the way back to Reading and my thoughts now are the same as when the game finished.
“But tomorrow we’re playing one of the biggest clubs in the world and it’s a great game for us to be playing at our own stadium in front of our fans.”
Royals recorded a famous 3-1 win, the last time the sides met at Madejski Stadium, but were still relegated from the top-flight.
Now Reading’s Championship status is at threat.
And Royals’ next league game is at home to top-of-the-table Newcastle United.
McDermott said: “All we can do is look at the Liverpool game first and then we’ll start to think about taking on Newcastle. They’re two big matches back to back.
“It doesn’t really get much bigger than that for us.”
With the Reading board still no closer to appointing a permanent manager following the sacking of Brendan Rodgers earlier this month, McDermott is still hopeful of getting the top job.
He added: “I’ve spoken to Nick Hammond about it and I got a text from Nigel Howe after the Plymouth game. I’m just getting on with it all.”