McDermott praises Guthrie for apology to Reading team-mates

The midfielder sought forgiveness from the club's staff on Thursday after refusing to travel for the midweek clash with Sunderland and his boss is now keen to move on
Reading manager Brian McDermott has praised midfielder Danny Guthrie after he apologised for his refusal to travel for Wednesday's clash with Sunderland.

Guthrie did not make the trip to the Stadium of Light and his team-mates suffered a 3-0 defeat to Martin O'Neill's side which kept them in the relegation zone.

But, after the former Liverpool prospect showed contrition in training on Thursday, McDermott has expressed eagerness to move on.

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"He asked me if he could speak to the entire group before training. It took a lot of courage for him to do that and he deserves respect for his reaction," McDermott told the club’s official website.

"We can all put this to bed now. Every person in life makes mistakes and Danny apologised to all of his team-mates and the staff in a group meeting.

"Now myself, the players and staff will all move on. We have 22 games ahead of us and together as one unit we can achieve our goals for Reading Football Club and for the supporters."