McDermott: Reading FC deserved point against Stoke CityBy Jonny Fordham
August 18, 2012
Brian McDermott believes justice was served after Adam Le Fondre fired home a late penalty to get a 1-1 draw with Stoke City.
Reading went 1-0 behind when Adam Federici spilled Michael Kightly's 35th minute shot in calamitous style.
But Le Fondre spurred his keeper's blushes when he slotted past Asmir Begovic just two minutes from time when Dean Whitehead tripped Garath McCleary in the box and was sent off for a second yellow card.
And a relieved McDermott said:"I think it would have been unjust if we had lost but injustices are no good to anyone, you have to get results and we've done that.
"We wanted to win it after we got to 1-1, and I thought Ian Harte was going to score with his free kick, it was close and should have been a corner.
"But at 1-0 down in the 90th minute you have no choice but to take a point, and psychologically it is really good for us.
"For the first half an hour or so I thought we were the better side and then they scored a freak goal. I don't have to say anything to Adam [Federici], he's a top class and bloke and goalkeeper.
"Everyone makes mistakes, I know I make plenty of them myself and I have no problem with him at all.
"Going behind knocked the stuffing out of us a bit and we found it hard to get going in the heat so we'll take that today.
"You have to stay in games, we've done that many times, especially late on. Our fans know that and nobody was leaving early."
Le Fondre was last season's super-sub, but he is now looking to cement a regular place in McDermott's starting line-up alongside Pavel Pogrebnyak.
"If Alfie gets a chance he generally scores, and it's great he is off the mark," McDermott added.
"He has nerves of steel, he'll wait as long as it takes. It's what he does and I don't care what division it is, he'll score."