And the normally mild-mannered McDermott was enraged that Dean had robbed his side of a well earned point.
After the game, he fumed: “It wasn’t a sucker punch. [Barry] was riding on his back. It was unbelievable that [Mike Dean] didn’t give that decision. I said to him, ‘when you see it back you will be absolutely gutted’. He’s made a massive error at the end.
“I apportion no blame [to Shorey]. When someone is on someone’s back, what can you do? You can’t get off the ground when you’ve got someone on your back. It is an absolute cert free-kick.”
“It’s also a cert penalty on Jay Tabb earlier in the game,” McDermott continued. “He knocked him out of the way. He didn’t play the ball. He didn’t look at the ball. It’s a penalty.
“My players did not deserve that today. Our players were terrific today. They worked their socks off and they’ve got beaten in the 93rd minute against a team that has cost millions and millions of pounds to put together.
“No one will care about it because it’s Reading. We’re a small club in this division. People will move on very, very quickly. We won’t. We’ll keep fighting.”