McDermott demands complete display

  • Last Updated: December 10 2012, 16:33 GMT

Reading boss Brian McDermott expects a more complete display from his side as they look to end a run of four successive defeats at Sunderland.

Brian McDermott: Ready for Sunderland clash
Brian McDermott: Ready for Sunderland clash

Since securing their solitary Premier League win against Everton in mid-November, the Royals have failed to pick up a point.

Defeats to Wigan, Aston Villa and Manchester United were compounded on Saturday by a 1-0 defeat at Southampton, leaving them 19th in the standings and six points adrift of safety.

Last season's Championship winners will attempt to end that run on Tuesday against the side directly above them, although McDermott knows his side will need to put in an improved display at Sunderland.

"You look at the four defeats and we definitely should have got something from the games that we've played," the Reading boss said ahead of the rearranged match.

"The Manchester United game last week we played really, really well but weren't solid enough.

"I thought our shape was much, much better against Southampton, but with the ball we weren't as good as we needed to be.

"We need to combine it all. Everything needs to come together.

"We're looking at the next game. That's the only thing that matters."

McDermott cut a particularly disappointed figure after the defeat at Southampton, where Jason Puncheon's second-half strike proved the difference.

Reading never really looked much like levelling things up at St Mary's after falling behind - something that frustrated McDermott.

"What happened at Southampton has gone," he said. "There is nothing we can do about that.

"We're disappointed about that. It is very unusual from us that we went one goal behind and didn't respond the way we normally would do.

"The last three years I have always had great responses from the players and I didn't get that against Southampton so that was disappointing.

"I think the first goal was really important, for obvious reasons. We hit the post in the first half and if we could have got that then the game is different."

Reading now have to dust themselves off and go again, although they will have to do so without Sean Morrison.

The 21-year-old has established himself at the heart of the Royals' defence but was forced off with a knee injury at Southampton.

Morrison left St Mary's on crutches and is highly unlikely to feature in the north east, joining Pavel Pogrebnyak, Jimmy Kebe and Alex McCarthy on the sidelines.

Jem Karacan has resumed light training after suffering knee ligament damage but is another one out, while Chris Gunter has not featured since the 3-2 defeat at Wigan due to a hamstring complaint picked up in training.

With injuries piling up and his struggling in the league, McDermott admits reinforcements may be needed when the transfer window reopens in January.

"We are always looking for new players," he said. "That is part of the job as a manager.

"The scouting system is always trying to find players but what we do is work with the players we've got.

"We don't talk about players we haven't got and we'll see what happens come January."

There have been some suggestions that McDermott may not be at the helm by then as the bad results continue to pile up.

Any decision on his future would be made by owner Anton Zingarevich, but Reading chairman John Madejski does not expect there to be change anytime soon.

"It is Anton's decision as he owns the club, but he has a great affection and loyalty to Brian and I don't think anyone could consider Brian's position because he has done an amazing job for Reading," he told BBC Berkshire.

"I am getting fed up with this carping about the manager and this ghastly sort of merry-go-round of managers leaving. It is just not fair.

"If you notice the results, none have been overwhelming defeats. They have been near misses most of the time.

"We are punching way above our level. You have to remember Southampton spent £30million in the summer, so let's get real. I think Brian is doing the most amazing job."


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