McDermott delighted with resurgent Reading’s rise up the table

The Royals manager has commended his squad for learning from past mistakes to secure four victories in their last seven games and climb out of the relegation zone

Reading manager Brian McDermott has hailed his side’s recent upturn in form, insisting the squad are "always improving" after learning from mistakes earlier in the season.

The Royals are currently sixth in the Premier League form table having taken 14 points from a possible 24 since Boxing Day, prompting a move from bottom to 17th in the rankings.

McDermott says that while his overall team are showing constant signs of improvement, his attacking options have particularly impressed of late.

He told the club’s official website: "What I see here is a club that’s always improving. Every year we’ve progressed as a club and we’re trying to build something. We want to be playing in the Barclays Premier League next season, it’s really something that we’re striving to attain.

"I like to attack, that’s my gut feel. Obviously I have to calm my own instincts down sometimes but we always attack late in the game, because we’re trying to win. I like to give the fans shots, crosses and play in the opposition’s final third if we can."

McDermott specifically referred to games against Wigan and West Brom earlier in the season as crucial learning curves for his side’s fortunes in the Premier League.

Reading were on course for a draw against Wigan in November but conceded a stoppage-time winner, whilst against West Brom they came memorably from 2-0 down at home with only 10 minutes left to sensationally emerge 3-2 victors at the final whistle.

Referring to the Wigan game, McDermott continued: "At the time it hurt, we were in a position where we had a point and we were a little bit innocent to say the least

"We learnt from that. There’s no point having regrets, it’s done. Results would suggest that we’ve learnt that and I’ll tell you an example. Against West Brom, it was 2-2 and we were nearly going to take a quick free-kick. But we set it up, we waited, we got it right, and we scored to make it 3-2. That’s why you’re in football, you learn."