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McDermott felt his side were not at their best until the second half.
"First half we were a little bit too respectful, in the second half I thought we deserved to win," he said.
"In any sport what you need to do is stay in the game, I just said (at half-time) that you are right in the game at 1-0 and if we can raise our tempo and play the way we can it will give us an opportunity.
Brian McDermott believes the club's maiden Barclays Premier League victory of the season is a turning point for the club. The win lifted Reading out of the bottom three. More details and all the latest football news can be found on the ITV Sport site here.
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A second-half brace from Adam Le Fondre gave Reading their first Barclays Premier League win at the expense of Everton this afternoon