Depleted Reading impress Brian McDermott

Highlights - Leeds 0-1 Reading

Reading boss Brian McDermott has expressed his delight at his injury-hit side's win at Leeds.

The Royals recorded their first every league victory at Elland Road thanks to Simon Church's early goal.

"We had a lot of issues going on with players dropping out. It was a terrific performance," he told BBC Berkshire.

"Noel Hunt wasn't fit, Jimmy Kebe wasn't right after last week and Ian Harte had to pull out of training the day before the game with sickness."

He continued: "In the first half, we should have gone in three goals up and that's no exaggeration. We were excellent on the ball.

"In the second half, we didn't pass the ball as well but you're never going to have it all your own way at a place like this."

The Royals have now won four of their last five matches to close the gap on the play-off places to just two points.

McDermott reserved special praise for his centre-halves, Kaspars Gorkss and Alex Pearce, after his side recorded their second successive clean sheet against a top six side.

"I think Pearce is coming of age playing alongside Kaspars.

"He has been a fantastic signing for us. He's just gets the job done and does exactly what you want from a centre-back," he concluded.

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