McDermott salutes Royals' run

Image: McDermott: Reading have won eight in a row

Brian McDermott was a happy manager again on Saturday after seeing in-form Reading brush aside Leicester.

Eriksson disappointed with Foxes display

Brian McDermott was a happy manager again on Saturday after seeing in-form Reading brush aside Leicester. The Royals have been virtually unplayable of late, with victory over the Foxes their eighth in a row. That run has taken them into the play-off places and could yet see them snatch an automatic promotion spot. McDermott has been quick to play down such ambitious talk, but is delighted to see his side showing all the attributes required to be top-two contenders. He said: "Today we had to dig in. Unusually for us we played like the away team. Leicester showed their quality but we hit them on the break for the first and then got the second, which was massive. "Jimmy Kebe was sensational. He was creative, strong and powerful and did his job for the team as they all do. "I can't put my finger on the reasons for our run of success. It's a little bit of everything. The players have created a great group environment. I try to do my best for those not playing. An example is Noel Hunt who came back today after being out injured and scored. "I am not looking at second place in the table I am just looking at our next game at Leeds on Friday night. We are looking to do well there and that's all I am looking at. "It's a great league and it is all building up to a good climax. "Leicester's players are all comfortable on the ball, but our hope was good and we waited for opportunities. "I have never met Sven before and he is a genuinely nice guy. He asked me if I speak Swedish but I have forgotten most of what I know."

Problem

Jimmy Kebe, Jobi McAnuff and Noel Hunt got the goals for Reading, leaving Leicester boss Sven-Goran Eriksson with just a late Andy King goal to show for the Foxes' efforts at the Madejski stadium. He said: "I am not happy but those who have followed us know what has been our problem all season. "We create chances more or less every game but don't score the right number of goals for the chances we create, but we concede goals too easily. "We don't seem to want to be ugly but sometimes you have to be ugly. The two goals we conceded in the first half were too easy at this level. "Mathematically the play-offs are still there and I am sure we are going to fight as we did today. At half-time it looked very bad but the players tried all 90 minutes which was good. "I am positive, that's what I will say. We are playing better than our opponents more or less every game but the result of that is too little and sometimes you wonder does it matter that we play good football. We have the possession but don't score goals. "Reading have a good chance to go up. The back line is very organised and experienced and difficult to break down. "The big thing with Reading is when they go forward they are big and strong. If they get a chance to counter attack they are very good. "We are like a motorway, just too open."

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