Boss Brian McDermott vows to keep attacking at Wembley

Reading boss Brian McDermott
Reading manager McDermott is a former Cardiff City player

Reading boss Brian McDermott said his players will stick to their attacking instincts when they take on Swansea in the Championship play-off at Wembley.

The Royals are one match away from the Premier League following a 3-0 second-leg victory over Cardiff City.

"We have a great opportunity. It's a big prize but you have to play the game and forget the consequences," he said.

"We're strong and powerful and play with great tempo and desire. You've two teams who'll have a go at each other."

Reading and Swansea are among the top scorers in the Championship, and McDermott expects the play-off final to showcase two of the divisions most attacking teams.

"Wembley is a fitting place to play the game," he said.

"It's a game we'll really look forward to and I'm sure they'll do the same."

Two first-half goals from Shane Long, who took his Championship season's tally to 23, and a brilliant individual effort from Jobi McAnuff seven minutes from time gave Reading's travelling fans plenty to cheer on their return from the Welsh capital.

"We knew how we wanted to play, we have the players that are good at carrying out gameplans," said McDermott.

"We didn't pass it as well as we would have liked in the first half. Second half we were much better."

The Royals broke through into the top six courtesy of a late-season, eight-match winning run and two players who have been influential in Reading's resurgence - Jimmy Kebe and Hal Robson-Kanu - stand a "good chance" of being fit to face Swansea, according to McDermott.

The 30 May encounter will be a special occasion for McDermott on a personal level, with the former striker having missed out on playing at Wembley on several occasions.

"I've been to Wembley in 1978, 1979 and 1980 with Arsenal and never played," he said.

"I was at Oxford and never played when we won (the League Cup) in 1986. I missed out in an FA Trophy semi-final against Southport, I missed out to go to the semi-finals against Aston Villa and against Manchester City.

"So that's what it means to me.

"To go out there, walk out with the team, our supporters behind us, I'm just delighted for the staff, players and supporters."

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