McDermott: I'm not out to hurt AVB

  • Last Updated: September 14 2012, 14:00 BST

Reading boss Brian McDermott insists he will not be motivated by the opportunity to heap pressure on Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas when the clubs meet on Sunday.

Brian McDermott: Focus on Reading

Spurs travel to the Madejski Stadium without a league victory after three games under Villas-Boas, and the team were jeered from the pitch following their 1-1 draw with Norwich at White Hart Lane before the international break.

Reading have also still yet to taste victory in the Barclays Premier League this season but have only played twice so far.

McDermott is concentrating on getting his own team firing and said: "I don't want to inflict pain on anyone, I just want to do the right thing for us.

"What we have to do is prepare ourselves and get a good performance from our team and that is the only thing that I'm looking to do.

"We are playing against Spurs - a fantastic side - and I know Andre quite well so I'm not looking to inflict pain, we are just looking to play our game and put on a performance for our fans."

Reading opened the season with a 1-1 draw against Stoke before falling to a 4-2 defeat at Chelsea.

Their fixture at Sunderland was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch and they have now gone three-and-a-half weeks without a league fixture.

McDermott has revealed his squad are champing at the bit to kick-start their league campaign.

He said: "I can just sense that the lads are desperate to get back and I've got all the internationals back today, we will train today, prepare the team tomorrow and be right for Sunday and be ready.

"Obviously we had the Peterborough game (in the Capital One Cup) in between and we had to find a game which we went to Dublin and played against Bray, which we were very grateful to have, and now we play Sunday so by the time everyone else has played four games we have played only two."

Several other Premier League managers have issues with the international breaks during the season but McDermott accepts them and has also benefited from a lot of his players getting a run-out in competitive games.

"They have World Cup qualifiers and they have to play them so there is nothing we can do about that," he said.

"The one that really gets to me is before we even kick off, in the week leading up to the start of the season. Apart from that I have got no real problems with it.

"Some of my players have played games, Alex Pearce played the other night, Kaspars Gorkss, Adrian Mariappa has played some games, Churchy (Simon Church), (Hal) Robson-Kanu and Chris Gunter too, so we are fine and happy enough with it."

The 51-year-old McDermott also refuted suggestions his players will be lacking match sharpness in the clash with Spurs and stressed they will be ready to push for the three points.

"We just have to do the best we can - we have to have enough recovery," he said. "We have to have enough training sessions, obviously we had the Bray game, so we just counted back from the Tottenham game to make sure they are right for that game.

"The training has been really good and the lads are just ready now and waiting to play and we know it will be a massive crowd at the Madejski, a full house."