Reading manager Brian McDermott praised his team for they way they dug in to earn a 3-1 win over Leicester at the Madjeski Stadium.

Goals from Jimmy Kebe, Jobi McAnuff and substitute Noel Hunt secured the Royals their eighth successive win and saw them move to within just three points of an automatic promotion place.

"We had to dig in. Unusually for us, we played like the away team. Leicester showed their quality but we hit them on the break for the first and then got the second, which was massive," said McDermott.

He added: Jimmy Kebe was sensational. He was creative, strong and powerful and did his job for the team as they all do.

"I can't put my finger on the reasons for our run of success. It's a little bit of everything. The players have created a great group environment. I try to do my best for those not playing. An example is Noel Hunt, who came back after being out injured and scored.

"I am not looking at second place in the table I am just looking at our next game at Leeds on Friday night. We are looking to do well there and that's all I am looking at. It's a great league and it is all building up to a good climax."

Leicester boss Eriksson was disappointed with his side's finishing, while he also expressed concern about the way they defended.

He said: "I am not happy but those who have followed us know what has been our problem all season.

"We create chances more or less every game but don't score the right number of goals for he chances we create, but we concede goals too easily.

"We don't seem to want to be ugly but sometimes you have to be ugly. The two goals we conceded in the first half were too easy at this level."

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