McDermott: Reading FC masters of their own downfallBy Jonny Fordham
November 24, 2012
Brian McDermott slammed his Reading players for their inability to see out the game as they fell to a 3-2 defeat at Wigan.
Sean Morrison headed Royals into a 35th-minute lead before Jordi Gomez started the Latics comeback on the hour mark.
Gomez then put the hosts in front 10 minutes later before an Ali Al Habsi clanger gifted Reading a lifeline.
However, shocking defending in the last minute saw Gomez complete his hat-trick in stoppage time to dump Reading back into the relegation zone.
And McDermott bemoaned: "At 90-odd minutes gone we had the ball in the corner and we have to take a point.
“Both teams had had opportunities but you have to take the point. Any point away is a decent one.
“We have to learn from that very quickly because this league is unforgiving. We have to see games through.
"The bottom line is that we've given a goal away with a minute to go which is crazy, just crazy and that was down to us.
“We have to take a draw at least, we were masters of our own downfall.
“We've got enough experience out there to know the momentum of the game."
Jay Tabb was denied what McDermott felt was a definite penalty and Adam Le Fondre also saw an effort well saved by Al Habsi.
McDermott continued: "The ref missed a stonewall penalty, we've not had too many of those.
“That would have made it 2-1, it's very unfortunate but we have to move on quickly. I thought at the time it was a pen, and I've seen it again.
“I was surprised a referee of Howard Webb's calibre missed that one.
“If he doesn't give it he's got to book Jay for diving. I said to the linesman he's got to see that.
"In the dressing room we had a conversation and I said to the players the same thing, we have to be ruthless. Over the years we've scored many late goals, but it's tough to stomach when it goes against you.
"At half time I thought we were going to win, but football is about results.
“We are really, really disappointed but we'll pick ourselves up quickly, we have no other choice."