Reading boss rues late goal

Reading manager Brian McDermottReading manager Brian McDermott was disappointed in the way his side conceded against West Brom.

The visitors, despite having few chances in front of goal, looked like they would sneak away with a point at The Hawthorns but a Romelu Lukaku strike eventually broke down the Royals’ resilience. McDermott said afterwards that they must learn to retain possession better, which he believes will come with the experience of being back in the top flight. He told Sky Sports:

“For us it was more of a nil-nil game, I didn’t think we did enough with the ball at times when we had it because I know we’re much better with the ball, we were much better than we were at Spurs so we have to take the positives from that. The goal that we conceded was really disappointing from our point of view, to come away and not get anything is really galling but we have to move on now to our next game.”

Royals’ young keeper Alex McCarthy was one of the day’s impressive performers, producing a number of saves to deny Lukaku and James Morrison in particular.

“I thought he was excellent Alex, he made a couple of really good saves, came for crosses, he had no chance with the goal. He’ll be disappointed to not keep a clean sheet today because he deserved to keep one.”