McDermott - We are not afraid

Reading manager looks forward to Manchester City challenge

McDermott: No fear

Brian McDermott insists "no fear" is the mantra as his Reading side prepare to face Manchester City.

The Championship side travel to Eastlands to face Roberto Mancini's multi-million pound and multi-talented squad on Sunday in the FA Cup final.

In true David and Goliath fashion, the FA Cup has thrown up a clash that perfectly illustrates the differences between the haves and have-nots.

For example, should Carlos Tevez or Yaya Toure play, they will cost more than the entire Reading team put together.

Statistics

The Royals are undeterred by such statistics though and boast some impressive stats of their own, having embarked on a seven-match unbeaten run.

It is these things that have given them the belief they can cause an upset, having fell at this stage against Aston Villa last term.

"You look at the players that City have got, the amount of money they have spent and the manager they have got then and it's a real privilege to go to Eastlands and play against them," said McDermott.

"But we have no fear. We are not fazed by the occasion and we are looking forward to it. We want to go there and get a result because that's how you enjoy games.

Career

"I've not enjoyed a defeat yet in my career so we need to go and perform at our best."

McDermott wants his side to carry on their impressive away form following a fine 3-1 win at Portman Road earlier in the week and at Goodison Park in the previous round.

He added: "We want to do right by our fans and put on a performance for them. We are followed in large numbers, they left Ipswich happy in midweek and they were certainly happy with coming away from Everton with a win.

"We'll be loud at Eastlands. I know we will be backed and our fans will make themselves heard."

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