Reading boss Brian McDermott delighted with point against Swansea City
BRIAN McDermott breathed a sigh of relief as Reading held on for a draw at the Liberty on Saturday, admitting: "That's definitely a point gained."
Last season's Championship title winners looked good for a first win of the Premier League season when they turned round at half-time with an unlikely 2-0 lead.
Swansea had been the better side for much of the first period, but Reading snatched the lead when Michel Vorm let Pavel Pogrebnyak's shot through his grasp and doubled their advantage thanks to a Noel Hunt volley.
Michael Laudrup's team came again after the break, eventually claiming a point thanks to goals from Michu and Wayne Routledge after dominating the second half.
Reading were two goals to the good with only 19 minutes remaining — but McDermott still felt his side had done well to land a draw.
"I know what happened in the second half," said the Reading boss.
"Swansea played really well, our keeper pulled off some fantastic saves and that's a point gained for us.
"We got to 70 minutes at 2-0 and we were just waiting for something to happen in the game.
"We need to affect the game better than we did in the second half but, having said that, Swansea played very well and it's a good point here."
The Liberty draw meant Reading banked only a third point of the season, having drawn with Stoke on the opening day and then against Newcastle nine days ago.
"I know we were 2-0 up and you would say it's an opportunity for us — it certainly was," McDermott added.
"But I know that in each game we have played apart from Spurs, we have been well in the game.
"We will take the point here and move on, and give credit to Swansea for playing really well in the second half.
"This is an amazing league, with some really, really good players, and I have loved every minute of it — apart from the one where Swansea scored their second goal."
Swansea felt they should have had a late penalty when Nicky Shorey handled in the area, but McDermott claimed he had not even been aware of an appeal.
"I am not copping out — I genuinely didn't even know about that," he said.
He also paid tribute to young goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, who made a string of stops to help the Royals leave SA1 with something.
"He is a keeper who wants to be the No. 1 here and he made some fantastic saves," McDermott added.