McDermott: I'm the right man to get Reading FC out of troubleBy Jonathan Low
December 17, 2012
Brian McDermott insists he is the right man to lead the Royals to safety after his side’s abysmal 5-2 defeat at the hands of Arsenal at Madejski Stadium.
Santi Cazorla bagged a hat-trick for the Gunners as Arsene Wenger’s side ran out comfortable winners to leave Reading rooted to the bottom of the Premier League.
But McDermott remained defiant afterwards saying: “I am the right person for the job.
“I felt I was the right person to get the side out of the Championship, the right man to get us to two FA Cup quarter-finals and the right man to get this side to a play-off final.
“So I feel I am the right man to get us out of trouble from where we are. I’m not enjoying the results, but I am enjoying the challenge.”
He added: “I thought we had a chance at 4-2 but we came up against a side at the top of their game.
“We had a good response in the second half and that was key. But I think Arsenal would have beaten most teams on the night.
“We’ll keep going though and I’m convinced something will break for us.”
The manager also confirmed what he is going to be looking for in the January transfer window.
“I think we need some players in January with Premier League experience,” said McDermott.
“If we can, they’re the kind of players we should be aiming for."
Lukas Podolski opened the scoring for the visitors and Santi Cazorla then scored twice in three minutes as Arsenal were three up by half-time.
Cazorla then netted his treble and his team’s fourth with a simple finish past Adam Federici, before Royals threatened a sensational comeback.
Substitute Adam Le Fondre rounded Wojciech Szczesny to give the home side hope on 66 minutes, and then Jimmy Kebe slotted home just six minutes later as Arsenal appeared rattled, momentarily.
However, the feel-good factor would not last as Theo Walcott settled any nerves when he scored his side’s fifth 10 minutes from time and Arsenal held out for the win.
Royals fans have had more than their fair share of entertainment this season when Arsenal have come to the Mad Stad, with 19 goals in the two games played between the sides, but it is scant for McDermott’s relegation-haunted side.
Meanwhile, McDermott also confirmed Jem Karacan and Danny Guthrie will be playing for the reserves today in a behind closed doors friendly against Bournemouth.