Leeds 3-2 Reading: Brian McDermott discusses Elland Road return, comments on result

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Leeds United beat Reading 3-2 on Saturday afternoon.

Reading boss Brian McDermott has told Sky Sports that he enjoyed his return to face Leeds United on Saturday, even if his side did lose at Elland Road.

The Royals took a first-half lead through Michael Hector, but Leeds hit back after the break as Toumani Diagouraga struck to put Steve Evans side level.

Chris Wood put Leeds in front before Deniss Rakels equalised for Reading, and in a topsy-turvy encounter, Wood hit a late winner for Leeds to send Reading back to Berkshire empty-handed.

The game saw manager McDermott head back to Elland Road having managed Leeds for just over a year between 2013 and 2014, winning 37% of his games.

Now back for a second spell with former club Reading, McDermott will have been hoping to claim a win over the Whites, but suffered a third straight defeat in the Championship.

After the final whistle at Elland Road, manager McDermott spoke to Sky Sports, and suggested that he enjoyed his return to Elland Road, as Leeds are a 'fantastic football club'.

McDermott added that he thinks his side didn't play as well in the second half as they should have done, and must improve their results away from home.

"The Leeds fans are genuine, good people and Leeds United is a fantastic football club," said McDermott. "Apart from the result, I enjoyed being back. We have a very young team and they will learn from playing in this environment. In the first half we were good value and maybe could have been two goals up, but we didn't come out for the second half as well as we should have done."

"After Leeds took the lead, we showed resilience and character. Deniss (Rakels) scored for us and then we conceded another, but we have more points than last season, so that is a positive sign. We need to improve results away from home and do the ugly stuff well," he added.

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