McDermott happy to win ugly

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Reading boss Brian McDermott reckons the club's new 'substance over style' mantra has led to a turnaround in their fortunes.

Pavel Pogrebnyak's fifth-minute goal was enough for the Royals to record their second Barclays Premier League win of the season with a 1-0 victory at the expense of West Ham and McDermott's side have now conceded just one goal in their last three outings.

"We tried to play a style of football here which entertains our fans," he said. "But 4-3s, 3-3s, 2-2s, 7-5s; if the results are going against you that is not what the fans want to see and they start shouting at me. So today they got a result, our fans got a result and that is what they want to see and we have something to build on."

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