Bald Eagle full of pride taking Reading back to Premier League

Reading boss Brian McDermott is thrilled to have led the club back into the Premier League.

Reading boss Brian McDermott is thrilled to have led the club back into the Premier League.

McDermott celebrated his "best moment in football" as the Royals sealed promotion to the Barclays Premier League with a 1-0 win over Nottingham Forest.

A Mikele Leigertwood goal ten minutes from time earned Reading a return ticket to the big time four years after they were relegated.

A delighted McDermott said: "This is my best moment in football. My worst was on the pitch at Wembley on May 30 (last year's play-off final defeat to Swansea).

"We are in the Premier League now and I can celebrate for the next two months. I need to get away for a while in the summer and have a break.

"Tonight was the most important three points we have got this season because it has seen us over the line.

"I don't know how I am supposed to be. I had the worst summer last season after losing the play off final against Swansea but this will be a good summer.

"I didn't actually know the West Ham result until after our game had finished but I sensed it from the way the crowd was reacting.

"It's really strange. It doesn't seem real at the moment and it doesn't feel as if it is happening to me.

"Now I will simply concentrate on our next game at home to Crystal Place because that's in my nature.

"I thought we were a bit nervous tonight and we weren't as fluid as we can be."

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