McDermott: Reading FC didn't deserve defeat to Cardiff CityBy Jonny Fordham
November 20, 2011
Brian McDermott was defiant that Reading 'never deserved to lose' 2-1 to Cardiff City.
The disappointed Royals boss labelled Peter Whittingham's second-minute wonder-goal as a 'fluke' and felt his side should have had at least one penalty.
Jimmy Kebe also saw a goal disallowed, then Mark Hudson doubled the Bluebirds lead in the 70th minute before Kebe grabbed a consolation seven minutes later.
And McDermott said: "I'm really, really disappointed that we didn't get at least a point because we didn't deserve to lose, there's no doubt about that.
"I felt anything that could have gone against us did go against us. I'm disappointed, but we will have to move on quickly.
"I've seen their first goal back, Whittingham has got a great left foot, but I don't believe he meant it. It's a kind of block, he's put his foot through it and it's ended up in the top corner when it could have gone anywhere.
"There were then three penalty appeals, you would expect to get at least one of them, I'm flabbergasted we didn't get any.
"There were two handballs and when Leigertwood was held back in the box, I've seen them all again.
"We have to take referees out of the equation, we had a little bit of this last season, we have to do what we've got to do and get the goals we need.
"We had opportunities ourselves, Jem Karacan had a chance, Noel Hunt had a chance, we created opportunities so credit to the players for keeping going.
"I couldn't even say Cardiff had two opportunities, they scored a fluke goal, the second is from a set play when we gave him too much space and switched off from a runner.
"But I can't really remember them hurting us, what I can remember is us playing a lot of the game in the final third.
"At half time we weren't looking just to draw, we were looking to win.
"Malky Mackay will be delighted to come here and get the three points. He's got a team that is resilient and has experience so good luck to them, but we felt today we deserved something from this game.
"Cardiff have got good people, players who are honest and know this League, they're right up there at the moment."
Despite their third home defeat of the season, Royals still remain in 14th place.
However, they have fallen further behind the chasing play-off pack and are six points away from the top six.
"There's 87 points to play for," McDermott added.
"You need a short memory when you lose and we'll train again on Monday and look ahead to Ipswich (at Portman Road on Saturday).
"There were a lot of plusses, we showed desire, determination, and were unfortunate, to say the least, not to win. Sometimes in football it's not your day, this was one of them. It's difficult to take but we move on quickly.