Reading boss Brian McDermott praises fans' influence

Reading 3-0 West Ham

Reading boss Brian McDermott has praised the club's fans after their 3-0 win over West Ham on Saturday.

The Royals boss celebrated his 100th match as permanent manager of the side in front of the club's biggest crowd in over three years.

"Playing in front of big crowds just gives you that boost you need. We're here to play for them," McDermott told BBC Berkshire.

"There was a great atmosphere, they made a terrific noise."

He added: "Having a crowd as big as this in brings me back to the Premier League days and this is what we want.

"I'm really lucky to have supporters like this. As soon as I was made permanent manager they got right behind me.

"They may have had different views over who should have got the job but they have absolutely backed me.

"I'm especially delighted for them after this result."

The former Arsenal midfielder managed the club for eight games in a caretaker capacity before being appointed as Brendan Rodgers's successor.

The Royals are now five points off the play-offs after three wins from their last four matches.

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