Date:Wednesday December 26 2012
Reading manager Brian McDermott was pleased to see his side lose their 7-match losing run and claim a clean sheet at home against Swansea City.
It was a rather dull encounter, as both sides lacked that cutting edge in front of goal, but that's not to say there weren't any incidents. Michu missed a sitter from 6 yards, while Le Fondre had a goal disallowed for handball, and another shot blocked brilliantly by Chico Flores.
The Swans too had chances from Dyer and Ki, but a draw was definitely a fair and reflective result.
McDermott said a clean sheet was 'progress' for them:
'We wanted to win and we nearly did that. It was phenomenal defending from Flores to get Alfie's volley off the line, I don't know what he was doing there! Give him credit for that.
'And there was Alfie's disallowed goal, we were a bit unfortunate because generally refs give handball goals here! The ref got it right though, it was handball but it's just a shame he wasn't refereeing when Demba Ba scored a handball for Newcastle! I think Alfie was being held back which is why he couldn't get his head on it.
'We've had a run of seven games when we haven't got any results and I didn't want it to get to eight because the boys didn't deserve that. Five of those seven were away and the two home games Man Utd and Arsenal, but today we looked solid against a good Swansea side. We have to find a way of getting results and we've got one today. They had a lot of the ball first half but didn't really hurt us. Michu put one over the bar from our mistake but other than that it was bits and bobs, I think they'll be delighted with a point.
'A clean sheet is progress for us. We've been having 3-3 games, 7-5, 4-3, 5-2, so for us to get that is very important. We should have had one at Manchester City as well. We have to go that way, we have to pick up points and do what we have to do. A 0-0 today is better for us than a 3-3.'
Date:Wednesday December 26 2012
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