Brian McDermott pleased with performance against BoroBy Jonny Fordham
October 03, 2011
Reading boss Brian McDermott was pleased with the clean sheet and point against high-flying Middlesbrough going in into the international break.
Goalkeeper Adam Federici had a busy afternoon and produced a smart double save late in the first-half and had the woodwork to thank twice late on.
With Royals drawing 0-0 at Madejski Stadium on Saturday, they now have until October 15 until their next Championship game - away to Burnley (3pm kick-off).
"I thought it was a pretty good point at home against one of the best sides that have come to Madejski Stadium in the last year or so," said McDermott.
"The way they play is unusual with three at the back and we had to adjust our shape a little bit. They know their system well and they've got a lot of experienced players.
"I thought we were right in the game in the first half, played some nice stuff and a few things just didn't fall for us.
"Our inexperience showed a little bit in the second half and we probably needed to kick on a bit more than we did after half time.
"But our boys were resilient. You compare that to the Watford game where we lost 2-0 - it's worlds apart.
"We got some really good blocks in right at the end, which demonstrated that and we did well to keep a clean sheet.
"We've not had as many clean sheets as we would want - but you look at the average age of that back four [23.5 years] and you realise we are a work in progress.
"Feds made two match-winning saves against Bristol City earlier in the week and we had to rely on him to pull off a great double save in the first half."
Simon Church and Adam Le Fondre looked lively up front and both came close to opening the deadlock in either half.
And Royals were left to rue what they thought should have been a penalty in the second-half after Church caused all kinds of problems in the box.
McDermott added: "We thought it was a pen, I've seen it [the Church decision] and it was onside, sometimes you get it and sometimes you don't.
"The margins are tight but it's fine, no problem, it does happen. We've got a few days off now I think they will need that. It was important we got a result with the two week break.
"Last time we lost at Hull before a break and that wasn't a good feeling. A few of the players will be going away with their countries of course and we hope they all come back healthy.
"Me personally...I don't know what i'm going to do. I'm very dull!
"I watch a lot of football. I don't actually know what I do apart from football!"