The manager of Leeds United, Brian McDermott, has said that Stephen Warnock should not be blamed for the defeat that his team suffered in an away game against Reading FC yesterday.
Warnock fouled on one of the Reading players towards the end of the match and was shown red card. Just seconds after that, Reading found the net on a free kick and walked away with 3 points.
The Leeds players were inconsolable after that defeat. After fighting so hard for 95 minutes, they deserved to get at least one point from the game, but, they got absolutely nothing.
Talking to the reporters in the post match press conference, McDermott said, “I don’t think Stephen should be blamed for what happened. Yes, it could have been avoided and he knows that.”
McDermott was the manager of Reading FC for most parts of the last season. He was sacked in March and this was the first time after his sacking that he turned up to the Madejski Stadium. The way he got cheered suggests that he is still very popular among Reading fans.
When asked about that, McDermott said, “We reached here pretty late because of the traffic. When we arrived, we were just looking to warm up a bit and my focus was completely on the match.”
“It’s nice to be cheered by the Reading fans. I am thankful to them for that.”
“Our supporters were brilliant as well. A lot of them turned up here and I am feeling bad for them.”
“After battling hard for so long, we didn’t deserve to lose. But, that’s the way it goes sometimes.”
With this defeat, Leeds has moved down to no. 11 in the Championship points table. Their next game is against Burnley on Saturday.