Bah humbug! McDermott's Christmas ruined after late City goalBy Jonathan Low
December 22, 2012
Brian McDermott said his Christmas had been ruined after Reading’s agonising 1-0 defeat to Premier League champions Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.
The Reading boss and his bench were visibly incensed with Gareth Barry’s 93rd minute winner, after the England midfielder had appeared to climb on top of substitute Nicky Shorey at the far post.
“It was an absolute joke,” said McDermott.
“We’ve had that a few times this season. We’ve had three or four of those decisions, all of which has cost us points.
“I said to the referee at the end he would be gutted he missed it.
“You can hang on in the air all day if you’re on someone’s back. But it was an absolutely certain foul.
"One thing’s for sure that’s ruined my Christmas.”
And McDermott said he felt his side merited a point.
“We certainly deserved to get at least a draw today,” he said.
“I’m really disappointed for our fans and the players today because we really didn’t deserve that."