Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

McDermott in awe of Fulham stars

Reading manager Brian McDermott was impressed by Fulham

Reading boss Brian McDermott compared Fulham to the Harlem Globetrotters following the 3-3 Barclays Premier League draw at the Madejski Stadium.

A chaotic finish produced three goals in five minutes with substitute Hal Robson-Kanu prodding home the equaliser in the 90th minute. Just three minutes earlier Dimitar Berbatov fired what appeared to be a classy winner, while Fulham substitute Bryan Ruiz had opened the second-half scoring with a terrific strike.

"You have to say Fulham looked like the Harlem Globetrotters when they brought Bryan Ruiz on," McDermott said. "Ruiz cost them £10million. We all know Dimitar Berbatov is an absolute class act."

He added: "They have Brede Hangeland at the back, Mahamadou Diarra in the middle and Damien Duff - they have a number of players of real quality."

McDermott insists it is only a matter of time before Reading's first win arrives.

"I thought we would win it at 3-3 because we had a couple of little chances. But at 3-2 down you'd take the point at that stage," he said. "My players keep going, even when they're behind and that's really good for the future. We keep on going."

Once Chris Baird had scored, Fulham looked on course for a precious away win and Jol admits they should have left Reading with all three points.

"We started the first half brightly and had a lot of possession, but there was no purpose to our game," he said. "We didn't go forward enough for our liking because we have players like Dimitar Berbatov, Damien Duff and Hugo Rodallega.

"Without playing well they scored a great goal. In the second half we did exactly what we wanted to do - created chances and scored goals.

"If you score three goals against a team like Reading, you should have done enough to win."

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