Brian McDermott is determined to keep Reading in the Premier League

Brian McDermott: Upbeat on Reading's survival chances

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Reading manager Brian McDermott is determined to upset the odds by keeping his team in the top-flight this season.

The Royals boss is confident his squad can become only the second team ever to avoid relegation having been bottom of the Premier League at Christmas.

Reading arrested a run of seven consecutive defeats by grinding out a goalless draw against Swansea on Boxing Day to move off the foot of the table, and McDermott is looking to build on that result when his charges play West Ham on Saturday.

"We have got to do whatever we have to to get results," he said.

"We enjoy and relish the challenge. We can do this."

Brian McDermott

"I've learned a lot about this league in 19 games. In the Championship we tried to win every single game because we wanted to entertain, but our fans want to see points and results.

"At the moment it is tough but the fans have stuck with the players and I am grateful they have stuck with me. They saw real fight and spirit from the players against Swansea.

"People talk to me about history and positions in the table, points and what have you, but it's irrelevant. With 19 games to go this is definitely doable for us.

"We enjoy and relish the challenge. We can do this."