Reading boss McDermott delighted after winning Cup thriller

Reading boss Brian McDermott was delighted with their thrilling Capital One Cup win at QPR.

Reading boss Brian McDermott was delighted with their thrilling Capital One Cup win at QPR.

QPR twice took the lead through Junior Hoilett and then Djibril Cisse, but saw their efforts chalked off by Kaspars Gorkss and an outstanding Nicky Shorey free-kick.

Former Fulham striker Pavel Pogrebnyak turned the tie on its head with a late backheel that saw the Royals progress to the last 16, despite him missing a stoppage-time penalty.

"I was proud of my team and the way they came back," said Reading boss McDermott.

"I talked about identity and the last two games in the Barclays Premier League against Spurs and West Bromwich Albion I just feel we have not performed to a level.

"Our identity as a team is what you saw tonight, what we're about, and I know if we perform at that level and that tempo with the way we pass the ball with pace then we are going to be more than capable in this league. No problem.

"I felt we needed to strip the team back to what we're about, really.

"In the last couple of games our tempo has been slow and we haven't getting crosses into the box or creating too many chances.

"We really stripped the side back. We had good conversations in the dressing room and we wanted to get a result and we did that tonight."

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