BBC Radio Berkshire reporter Tim Dellor asked boss Brian McDermott about the poor form of striker Matej Vydra following the game, after the on-loan Watford man missed a penalty in the match.
The Czech is goalless in the Championship since 28 November but it’s fair to say Dellor and McDermott see his contribution a little differently to one another.
Here’s the transcript of their exchange on the subject of Vydra’s poor form:
Tim Dellor: “It’s an interesting spin because any way you look at it Vydra has not scored for you in the Championship yet. If you look at the number of points that are won by Reading when he is on the pitch it is incredible the disparity between when he is on the pitch and off the pitch. I think quite a lot of people, including myself, are surprised you keep picking him each week.”
Brian McDermott: “Well there you go. Life is full of surprises, Tim.”
TD: “It is. Are you not concerned about his complete lack of form in front of goal? I mean his misses today were unbelievable.”
BM: “I think you’re being really quite harsh on him.”
TD: “I have no doubt I’m being harsh on him but…”
BM: “No, I actually think he is working his socks off for the team and I am asking him to work his socks off. He has had opportunities and he has not scored today but there’s no way in a million years I’m going to make comments about Matej Vydra that are detrimental to him. He’s a great lad, he works his socks off, I see him everyday in training so… I am never going to single anybody out like that because it’s just wrong in my opinion.”
TD: “For you because you are the coach…”
BM: “No, it’s just totally wrong.”
TD: “Not wrong from me though because I’m just trying…”
BM: “No Tim, you can ask whatever question you like and I have to answer it. You are entitled to ask whatever question you like but I have got so much respect for Matej Vydra.”
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