Reading manager Brian McDermott believes his side’s loss to Arsenal in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday can only make them stronger.

Reading were 4-0 up against the Gunners before eventually losing 7-5 after extra-time in what has been labelled as one the greatest comebacks in the competition’s history.

But McDermott, whose Reading team currently sit third from bottom in the Premier League after failing to win any of their opening eight fixtures of the season, feels his side will learn from it and subsequently become stronger.

He told Sky Sports: “Everyone was in shock in the dressing room afterwards. We were really disappointed with the outcome.

“Things went against us in the game but we were 4-0 up and we understand we needed to finish the job off.

“We didn’t manage to do that but we’ll learn from it and get stronger.”

McDermott also recognises that his team need to improve defensively in order for them to start winning games and climbing up the table.

“The hardest thing in this league is to score goals and we are scoring goals. The easiest thing is to defend the goal and as a group we need to do that better,” he added.

“Individual errors have cost us and every time we have made an error this season it has cost us with a goal. So we need to cut the errors out and, once we do that, we will win games.”

Reading travel to fellow strugglers QPR, who are also looking for their first league win of the season, on Sunday afternoon.

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