Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 26 July 2014

McDermott takes positives from loss

Brian McDermott is confident Reading can bounce back from their defeat to Chelsea

Reading manager Brian McDermott will take the positives from Wednesday night's 4-2 loss at Chelsea into the weekend's match against Sunderland as he continues to set his stall out to attack.

The Royals came from behind to lead 2-1 at one stage against the European champions before eventually succumbing to a defeat, albeit in controversial circumstances.

Chelsea forward Fernando Torres looked offside as he poked the Blues 3-2 ahead and, according to McDermott, the decision cost his side a draw but he also admitted he will take a lot from the performance. He said: "For what it is worth it still rankles but there is not a lot you can do about it now."

He added: "You have to hope the decisions are right because if they were right last night we would have got at least a point.

"I have taken a lot from it in the way we played and the way the players carried out their instructions and gameplan, but we have had that here for a long time now.

"We set up for whichever team we play against and try to set-up to the strengths of our team, we did that and to go a goal down at Chelsea is never easy but great resilience to come back and score a second goal - that gives us a lot of hope and positivity going into the Sunderland game."

McDermott also refuted claims that his players could suffer from a lack of confidence at the Stadium of Light after their valiant efforts went unrewarded against the Blues.

"The players are resilient, you have to be resilient. You get dips, you get highs and you get lows," he said.

"The thing we have here, we have never become too high or too low, we won loads of games last year but never got carried away and we won't get carried away by a defeat, we will just carry on doing the right things."

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