Man City midfielder Gareth Barry destroys Christmas for Reading with late winner
Reading were left to mourn after Gareth Barry delivered at death for Manchester City to take his side to late 1-0 victory on Saturday. Reading manager Brian McDermott claimed his Christmas had been destroyed by the late heartbreak Manchester City gave his side.
Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry scored the winner in injury time to provide Manchester City with crucial three points from the game. The victory allowed Manchester City to strengthen their second-place on the Premier League table.
Brian McDermott believes Gareth Barry made an illegal move in the process of scoring the winning goal. Brian McDermott reckons he saw Gareth Barry jump on one of his players to reach the cross by David Silva.
Match referee Mike Dean was oblivious to any illegal activity by Gareth Barry. Brian McDermott explained that the Mike Dean was probably shielded by Gareth Barry’s actions. Mike Dean’s decision to allow the goal went down as a cold stab to Reading’s heart as they were earlier denied a spot-kick when Jay Tabb was brought down by a collision to Manchester City player Karim Rekik.
“Absolute joke,” Brian McDermott said in reference to the Manchester City's goal. “We have had that a few times this season and even the Tabb penalty - it was a penalty. We have had three or four of those, we have had a handball goal against us and an offside goal against us - all of which have cost us points.
“To get that wrong - I have just said to him (Dean) he will be gutted he's missed that. He hung in the air, but you can hang in the air all day long if you are on someone's back. It's an absolute cert foul, it cannot be anything else.
“But listen, the bottom line is we are Reading. We are a small club in this league punching above our weight. That will be irrelevant to you guys because Man City have won, but it is not to us. We love this club we have got, we have got a real passion. We will fight, we have 20 games to go, but we certainly deserved a draw today at least.
“But just to let you know, that has just ruined my Christmas.”
Brian McDermott realizes his side has to comeback from seven successive defeats. Nonetheless, the Reading manager believes his side has the energy and will to battle on.
“We have to take consolation from that, we have to take the positives because that is what you have to do. We have got to move on,” Brian McDermott said.
“I honestly thought we were going to get something. Even in the first half there were a couple of incidents where we might have got something on the break. I'm really disappointed for our fans today and really disappointed for the players because they didn't deserve that.”