Leeds United: Ex-boss McDermott – a great day apart from result

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Reading manager McDermott, making his first visit back to Elland Road since his sacking, praised the Leeds crowd for the welcome he received.

“The Leeds fans are genuine, good people and Leeds United is a fantastic football club,” he said.

“Apart from the result I enjoyed being back.

“We have a very young team and they will learn from playing in this environment.

“In the first half we were good value and maybe could have been two goals up, but we didn’t come out for the second half as well as we should have done.

“After Leeds took the lead we showed resilience and character.

“Deniss (Rakels) scored for us and then we conceded another, but we have more points than last season, so that is a positive sign.

“We need to improve results away from home and do the ugly stuff well.”

Reading could have come away with six points from two very difficult away games, but have got nothing despite positive performances at both the Riverside and Elland Road. And McDermott is well aware that this summer is going to be an important one for this club.

“There was a lot of adversity last week with the frustration at Boro and, for me, a lot of good can come from adversity. We all want us to do well and I know it is frustrating. That’s why it’s an important summer coming up.

“We’re working with a lot of the lads for next season, and we’ve got a lot to do in the summer,” he said.

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