McDermott delighted with Royals

Hill admits Tykes are in relegation fight

Brian McDermott: Says he could not have asked for more from Reading

Keith Hill: Admits Barnsley are in a relegation fight

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Reading boss Brian McDermott says he could not have asked for more from his players after watching them thump Barnsley 4-0 at Oakwell on Saturday.

Jem Karacan scored twice while Jobi McAnuff and Jason Roberts got the other two as Reading took Barnsley apart to maintain second place in the Championship.

They took the lead two minutes into the second half when Jimmy Kebe got behind the defence on the right and his cross found Karacan.

Demolition

Two minutes later they made it two when Barnsley failed to clear and the ball fell to McAnuff, who scored from close range.

Karacan made it three when he thundered in a shot from 30 yards and Roberts wrapped the scoring up in the last minute of normal time when he latched on to a loose ball and blasted home from just inside the area.

McDermott said: "To come to a tough place like Barnsley and win 4-0, I can't ask any more of my players. To win 4-0 away from home I'd take any day.

"It was tough in the first half; I've not seen a team play as well and come at us like they did.

"They upset our rhythm and had a couple of early chances. There was no need for any harsh words at half-time. I knew that if we got the ball down and passed it that we would score."

McDermott added: "The first goal was really important and it was just as important to get the second as soon as possible after.

"It was a terrific finish for the first goal and the third goal was a smasher. I was really pleased that Jason got on the scoresheet."

Barnsley boss Keith Hill believes his side are in a relegation fight after they failed to win in six matches.

He said: "I believe that we are in a relegation fight because the confidence is low.

"When you lose two early goals in the second half the players' confidence goes.

"At the moment we are in poor form. In fact we are in relegation form.

Bravery

"We've got to show bravery and I expect my players to show bravery. The players have never been in a fight before and I've got to get them up for it because I have and I don't like fighting. But I believe they will be better for the experience."

He added: "I thought that in the first half we were more than competitive and we came up against a good side.

"I think Reading are the most effective side that we have played."