English FA Cup

January 5, 2013


Crawley Town

1 - 3


English FA Cup

15:00 +00:00, January 5, 2013

Broadfield Stadium, England

Referee: A Taylor

McDermott pleased with reaction

Reading manager Brian McDermott was happy with the character his side showed to beat Crawley 3-1 and reach the fourth round of the FA Cup, having fallen a goal behind after just 14 seconds.

"It was about coming and trying to get a result and do the basics as well as we could, which we didn't in the first 14 seconds,'' McDermott said with a wry smile. "They had another chance to go 2-0 up, which would have been a real problem. It is easy to panic but we got ourselves back into the game. The reaction from our players was good.

"When we got ourselves 2-1 up it was more comfortable for us. I thought the combination of Adam and Noel was really good and Garath McCleary made a really good goal for Noel.

"We made a few changes but we put out a team we thought could win and that is what happened. It has turned out to be an okay day. I am pleased to be in the next round.''

McDermott hopes the victory can help boost Reading's bid for top-flight survival, a campaign which will continue next week against West Brom.

"It was important we won today and we have done that,'' he said. "We are in the results business and we need to get a result against West Brom.''

Crawley manager Richie Barker was disappointed his side's hopes of another cup adventure were dashed - and frustrated that a section of the home support were chanting at him to "sort it out''.

"We are disappointed, no matter how it started, because we played well. We deserved more out of the first half,'' Barker said. "We have given a Premier League team a real good go today. We created enough chances to be ahead but their goalkeeper pulled off two or three really good saves.

"To put their goalkeeper under as much pressure as we did, for a League One team against a Premier League side, speaks volumes about the players. I thought we would create something every time we went forward. Their quality in the final third defined the fact we were a goal down at half time. Adam Le Fondre and Hunt are good players.''

On the reaction to the supporters, who were chanting at Barker as Crawley tried to find a way back into the game, he said: "You can't educate some people, can you? I will do the best I can and one day when I've gone, a bit like my old club, people will realise how well I did. The expectations (among some supporters) are ridiculous.''

McDermott, who has the support of the Reading fans despite their struggles at the bottom of the Premier League, backed Barker.

"Sometimes you have to remember where you have come from and in a short space of time how well Crawley have done,'' McDermott said.

Scoring Summary

Crawley Town Reading
Nicky Adams (1')Adam Le Fondre (13')
 Noel Hunt (44')
 Adam Le Fondre (pen 49')