Convincing win for Reading

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Reading boss Brian McDermott praised a clinical second half performance which sent the Royals through to the last 16 of the FA Cup.

Speaking moments after the convincing 4-0 win over Sheffield United McDermott said: "I didn't really think we got going in the first half, but I felt we were clinical in the second and deserved the win."

He singled out Garath McCleary who capped a brilliant performance with his side's fourth goal. "He is working really hard," said McDermott, "He practices after training and is working as hard as he possibly can. We all try to better ourselves here every day and that includes the manager."

Praise has also been heaped upon both sets of fans who showed their support for former player Chris Armstrong - forced to retire due to MS at the age of 28. The manager described their minute-long applause during the first half as 'a brilliant reception', going on to say; "Chris is an inspiration to me after what he's had to go through in his life. I remember watching him struggle and then he went out and played for me and was phenomenal."

Reading will discover who'll they'll meet in the next round during tomorrow's draw - live on ITV after coverage of Oldham v Liverpool.