BRIAN McDermott hailed the quality of two-goal wideman Jimmy Kebe in the wake of Reading’s last-gasp victory over Sunderland, writes Graeme Anderson.
The 29-year-old showed great composure with his goals, scoring in the opening and closing minutes of the game to win the praise of his boss.
The Reading manager said: “I was so pleased for Jimmy because he’s so brave physically and mentally and I thought his first goal was also terrific.
“They were great finishes and he was brave, and we needed him to be if we were going to get the win we wanted.
“There wasn’t too much in the game between the two sides.
“So you look to stay in the game and see where you go and, after 60 minutes, I was looking to maybe try to win the game by making positive attacking substitutions.
“And we probably got our reward for that.
“One of our subs, Nick Blackman, won the free-kick and from there Ian Harte does what he’s been doing for 20 years – puts in a great ball – and Jimmy Kebe, who is becoming phenomenal in the air, puts it away.
“It was great to score so late on because we knew Sunderland would have little time to get a result.
“But as well as the win and Jimmy’s goals, I’m also pleased to get our new signing Nick Blackman onto the pitch.
“I’ve got a problem at the moment of which team to put out because people like Blackman and Adam Le Fondre deserve to be in the first team but we’re having to start them on the bench.
“The great thing is that someone like Le Fondre is a genuine team player – I can give him no higher compliment – and although he only came on as a sub again, he’ll be absolutely thrilled because we won the game and that’s all that counts to him.”
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