McDermott relishing a return to actionBy Matthew Sadler
February 10, 2012
Brian McDermott has backed his side to continue to close the gap on the teams fighting for promotion to the Premier League.
Reading struggled at the start of the season and were second from bottom after six games.
However, a fine run of recent form, which has seem them win eight of their last 11 Championship fixtures, leaves them only seven points behind second-placed Southampton with a game in hand.
Reading were due to play Doncaster Rovers last Saturday, but the game was postponed, however, Royals remained in eighth place, despite some of their rivals being in action.
And McDermott is now relishing a return to action with tomorrow’s visit of struggling Coventry. He said: “We’re just looking forward to playing. Hopefully the weather doesn't hurt us again.
“I’ve heard there’s some snow coming in, hopefully it doesn’t come to our part of the world and we avoid it. We want to play and we’re ready to play.
“We don’t want to fall too many games behind. Everyone has been boxed up a little more with all the results recently.
“We were 17 points behind Southampton not too long ago, but we’re a lot closer now.
“All you can do is go out on the pitch, get the results and do what you have to do.
“Our philosophy has always been the same. All we concern ourselves with is getting the three points on any particular day.
“We’ll be looking to put a performance in against Coventry and then we will move on from there.”
McDermott has been in communication with incoming owner
Anton Zingarevich this week, but the Russian is still unable to fly in due to ongoing visa problems. Reading entered the loan market to sign Matt Connolly on transfer deadline day and
McDermott refused to rule out further deals, but did admit that rumours of Royals being interested in Manchester City and England star Owen Hargreaves were wide of the mark.
He said: “I text him (Zingarevich) two days ago, telling him that the lads had trained really well, the new boys had settled in well and he said ‘good, keep it going’.
“We never rule out anything as far as loans are concerned, but we spoke a lot about new players in January so we now need to talk about the players that are here. That is important.”
McDermott knows his opposite number Andy Thorn well and the pair’smanagerial careershave followed a similar path as the Coventry boss was also promoted from chief scout to the top position.
“He’s doing the best he can as we all do as managers. I feel for him,” said McDermott.
“I was watching their game the other night against Ipswich and in the 95th minute they tried to clear it, the ball went to straight to one of the Ipswich players who crossed it and they scored.
“The referee then blew and it was game over. That’s how the game can be very cruel at times.”