Brian McDermott: "This is my best moment in football"

Brian McDermott
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Reading manager Brian McDermott describes achieving promotion to the Premier League as his "best moment in football".

Reading manager Brian McDermott has described achieving promotion to the Premier League as his "best moment in football".

The 1-0 victory over Nottingham Forest on Tuesday night guaranteed that the Royals will finish in the Championship table's automatic promotion places and avoid the play-offs, where they lost in last year's final to Swansea City.

A jubilant McDermott said: "This is my best moment in football. My worst was on the pitch at Wembley on May 30 [after the defeat to Swansea].

"We are in the Premier League now and I can celebrate for the next two months. I need to get away for a while in the summer and have a break.

"Tonight was the most important three points we have got this season because it has seen us over the line.

"I don't know how I am supposed to be. I had the worst summer last season after losing the play off final against Swansea but this will be a good summer."

Reading captain Jobi McAnuff has described the achievement as "a dream come true".

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