McDermott relieved by Manset rescue

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Reading boss Brian McDermott breathed a huge sigh of relief after watching his side salvage a late draw against Millwall.

The Royals found themselves with work to do after falling two goals behind in the second half, with Darius Henderson and John Marquis on the scoresheet for the visitors. But Mathieu Manset came off the bench to score a late double and earn his side an opening day point.

"It was a nice relaxed start really," McDermott, talking to Reading's official website, joked. "We were 2-0 down with eight minutes to go and Manset has come up with two fantastic finishes."

He added: "The second one was really good and it came just after Jobi McAnuff had hit the post. Another team would have thought that was it, but to give credit to the players they kept going and showed fantastic resilience."

Despite seeing his side throw away the chance to open the season with a win, Lions manager Jackett refused to feel too downbeat.

"That was disappointing but, having said that, I don't think we necessarily did enough to get a clean sheet," he told his club's official website.

"They were very good going forward and they always have goals in them. When you've got the frontline they've got, with four good players and players to come off the bench, that's what we're aspiring to, I think that's the next stage.

"There's a lot to be proud of. There's some frustration because it was a winning position but we got a little look at one of the best sides in the division."

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