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McDermott - Time to move on

Royals boss keen to forget about disappointment

Last Updated: 20/09/11 12:45pm

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McDermott: Urges troops to look to the future and not dwell on Wembley disappointment

McDermott: Urges troops to look to the future and not dwell on Wembley disappointment

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Reading manager Brian McDermott has urged his players to move on from last season's play-off disappointment and focus on the future.

The Royals came within a whisker of promotion to the Premier League last season only to lose in the play-off final to Swansea at Wembley.

Reading again were expected to challenge for the promotion places in the Championship this season, although they have suffered a slow start.

McDermott's side overcame Doncaster over the weekend, but it was just their second win of the campaign and he now wants them to push on.

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"We can only live in the now," he told the club's official website. "Maybe we've lived in the past a little bit, I'm guilty of that.

"With the Wembley game, we felt we should have been in the Premier League - but it wasn't to be.

"The only future we've got is the next game away to Coventry. We've been looking back for too long, all we can do now is focus on training this week and that is what we are going to do.

"Now we can kick on, and the Doncaster result gives us a base. I just felt we got it out of the system. I know if we work our socks off we will be alright in this league."

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