McDermott - I owe Sigurdsson

Midfielder's goal helped Reading boss get permanent deal

Gylfi Sigurdsson: Made a huge impact for Reading during his time at the Madejski Stadium

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Brian McDermott remains grateful to Gylfi Sigurdsson for helping him land the job of permanent manager at Reading.

Sigurdsson played for Reading earlier in his career and is expected to get a good reception when he travels to the Madejski Stadium with Tottenham on Sunday.

McDermott certainly appreciates what the Icelandic midfielder did for him, pinpointing a key moment in January 2010.

Reading were up against Liverpool in the third round of the FA Cup and McDermott had only recently been appointed caretaker boss following the departure of Brendan Rodgers.

Sigurdsson netted a dramatic late penalty to help the Royals progress in the competition and McDermott was handed a longer-term contract a couple of weeks later.

"I owe him a lot really for what he did for me personally," said McDermott in the Daily Mirror.

"As caretaker my record wasn't very good. But I got lucky at Liverpool, he took the best penalty in the 96th minute under pressure.

"I'm sure he'll get a fantastic ovation from the fans."

No point to prove

Chris Gunter is another player set to face his former club on Sunday, with the defender leaving Tottenham after failing to break into the team under Juande Ramos or Harry Redknapp.

The Reading man insists he will be treating the game the same as any other, saying: "I don't think you can go into games trying to prove people wrong or show people stuff.

"I had a brilliant time at Tottenham, it is a great club and I learned so much there so I was really thankful.

"But I'm a Reading player now and I will be doing my best to focus on that and get three points on Sunday.

"It is the same as any game, especially in the Premier League. The fans have been brilliant so far and you would expect a full stadium for a game like Tottenham, it is a really big game but it is no bigger or smaller than any other game."