Football - Royals raring to move on - McDermott

Reading manager Brian McDermott does not believe his team will suffer a negative reaction from their heavy home defeat against fellow strugglers Wigan when they travel to Everton on Saturday.

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The Latics secured a 3-0 win at the Madejski Stadium last weekend, sending McDermott's side back into the Barclays Premier League relegation zone as a result.

A tough trip to Goodison Park is next up for the Royals, who picked up their first league win of the season against the Toffees back in November, but McDermott reckons his players are ready to right the wrongs of the Wigan defeat.

"Everyone came in on Monday and was ready to crack on," he said. "The first 43 minutes of that game (against Wigan), we could have been one up and it could have gone either way.

"You can look at the camaraderie - Wigan were at their best and are a decent side when the opposition are down to 10 men, but our boys hung in there and the camaraderie is first class, so we have got to move on from that and look ahead to our next game.

"They are all raring to go. Everyone is raring to go and looking forward to going there."

Reading won on their last visit to Goodison Park, a 1-0 FA Cup fifth-round clash two years ago, and McDermott is a big fan of everything Everton stand for.

"We've been to Everton in the FA Cup. It was a great atmosphere and a great night there," he said. "We played them earlier in the season and everyone knows they are a good side, with a good manager. I get on really well with David Moyes - he is a good guy and good company.

"I'm looking forward to going there. The fans that they have got are really football fans and they know their stuff. We want to go there, put on a performance and get a result."

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