The United manager gives his verdict on Tuesday's win against Bournemouth...
Brian McDermott said his side were deserved winners against Bournemouth on Tuesday – but admitted a sense of relief when the final whistle went.
Goals from Ross McCormack and Dom Poleon secured the win against 10-man Bournemouth, but there was a scare when Lewis Grabban levelled matters midway through the second half.
“We deserved to win on Tuesday night,” said the boss. “It was never going to be an easy game, and they had nothing to lose after they went down to 10 men.
“I thought we showed great guts and we were nervous towards the end. When it was 1-1 we could have gone under but we didn’t. We created a lot of chances and I definitely think we deserved to win. The only thing that mattered on Tuesday was the result, nothing else.”
Having suffered four straight defeats – three in the Championship – the boss had stressed the importance of ending the run against Bournemouth.
“It reminded me of a game when I first got the Reading job permanently,” he said. “We played Barnsley and won 1-0 but I just thought to myself that the most important thing was to win the game.
“As caretaker we went five without a win and were struggling at the bottom of the table. Then we beat Barnsley and won eight on the trot after that. I’d take that again.
“I went through the mill on Tuesday if I’m being honest. It was important to get the result and we got it. We’ll be better for that on Saturday at Derby.”