Mar 9, 2013 at 3pm UK at ​Madejski Stadium
Reading
1-2
Aston Villa
Baker (32' og.)
Hunt (54'), McAnuff (87')
FT(HT: 1-2)
Agbonlahor (45'), Benteke (33')
Lowton (10'), Benteke (67'), Westwood (85')

Brian McDermott: 'We need to be better'

Reading manager Brian McDermott prior to his side's Premier League match with Stoke City on February 9, 2013
© PA Photos
Reading boss Brian McDermott admits that his side will need to improve if they are to avoid relegation from the Premier League this season.

Reading manager Brian McDermott has admitted that his side will have to improve if they are to avoid relegation this season.

The Royals fell four points from safety courtesy of a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of fellow strugglers Aston Villa this afternoon, despite taking the lead in the match.

McDermott said that his side's inability to hold onto a lead was one of the most disappointing things about the defeat for him.

"We're hurting. We are very much hurting at this moment in time," he said.

"It was disappointing today to say the least. It was rough. When we got 1-0 up I though we were ready to kick on. We didn't do that and that's cost us.

"We were disappointed with both goals. We've got ourselves into the lead and they've scored virtually straight after. We have to hold our hands up. We need to be better and see the game out. I know that and the players know that."

Things don't get any easier for Reading as they face Manchester United and Arsenal in their next two matches.

Reading manager Brian McDermott during his side's match against Everton on March 2, 2013
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