McDermott eager for Cardiff City gameBy Jonny Fordham
November 09, 2010
For Brian McDermott and his Reading side tonight’s game against Cardiff City (8pm kick-off) can’t come quick enough.
“We’re looking forward to it,” declared McDermott as he prepares his squad for a return to Madejski Stadium after Saturday’s 3-1 away defeat to Queens Park Rangers.
The Bluebirds game is the second of three fixtures against a trio of the Championship’s top sides in a week.
Norwich City will complete the set when they descend on the Mad Stad for a televised tie on Saturday night (5.20pm kick-off).
First McDermott is looking to avenge defeat to Neil Warnock’s Rangers by toppling the club he played more than 50 games for in the 1987/88 campaign.
“I’m completely irritated about what happened on Saturday and we just have to get on with it,” admitted the former chief scout.
“That defeat has to get out of our system quickly and there’s no better way to do that than against probably the best side in this league.”
Former Reading boss Brendan Rodgers ruffled the Bluebirds’ feathers on Sunday as his impressive Swansea City outfit stole the south Wales derby bragging rights in a 1-0 win at the City of Cardiff Stadium.
But McDermott isn’t reading too much into that game.
“I don’t think Cardiff will play the same way they did against Swansea City as they will against us. Every week is big for me and every game is big for me.
“They’ll probably have Bothroyd and Chopra up front and go back to 4-4-2.
“The team that they played when they beat Leeds 4-0 will probably be similar to the one that will come to the Madejski.
“We know their players and their strengths, but they’re coming to our ground trying to take the points from us and we have to concentrate on what we can do.
“We have to keep doing what we’ve been doing at home and win football matches.”
Reading’s record against the top-half of the Championship is the fourth best in the league, despite defeat to QPR four days ago.
The Doncaster Rovers 4-3 comeback win last time out at home will also be used as inspiration before kick off against second-placed City.
McDermott explained: “Before the game I’ll show the players a video of us at our best.
“When we played the first 20 minutes against Doncaster and the last 20 minutes against Doncaster. That was the best of what my team, a Reading team does.”
Cardiff have averaged just one win in November during the last five seasons under Dave Jones and Reading will be looking to capitalise on their winter blues.
But that record surely has to be broken soon.
Before Rodgers and the Swans inflicted the derby defeat on City, Cardiff had gone on a five-game winning streak that saw them snatch first place off Neil Warnock’s QPR for just one game.