McDermott won't rest until Championship title is Reading FC'sBy Jonny Fordham
April 20, 2012
Brian McDermott is completely focused on delivering the Championship trophy to Reading.
Royals’ boss gave himself a rare day off on Wednesday after his team secured promotion to the Premier League.
But it will be back to business for McDermott’s men against Crystal Palace at Madejski Stadium tomorrow (3pm kick-off).
“My feet never left the ground and you have to have your eye on the ball,” said McDermott.
“We’re top of the league and we want to stay there. There will be a big crowd tomorrow and most importantly we want to win the game.
“It was a struggle against Forest.It wasn’t a fluid performance, but in situations like that you have to just get over the line and we did that with a 1-0 win.
“Last season we missed out in the play-off final and the last thing I wanted this season was to have people look at me and say I can’t get over the line.”
Royals can boast a remarkable 59 per cent win ratio this season and have picked up 46 points out of a possible 51 in their last 17 games.
It is that form that has seen them storm up the league and clinch promotion with two games to spare.
McDermott admits that he still has to remind himself that Reading will be visiting the top clubs in the country next season.
“I keep asking if we’re definitely playing at Stamford Bridge, Old Trafford etc. I like the yellow (promoted) strip across our name on the league table,” he said.”
His predecessor, Brendan Rodgers, whose Swansea City side beat Royals 4-2 in last season’s play-off final, paid tribute to McDermott.
Rodgers said: “I want to congratulate Brian, Nigel Gibbs the staff and players.
“They have been brilliant since the turn of the year and 46 points from 51 is an incredible run of consistency in such an inconsistent league.
“It’s a brilliant achievement and they all deserve a huge amount of credit. It’s great to see a wonderful club like Reading back in the Premier League.”