Reading boss Brian McDermott was proud of his players' efforts but conceded Newcastle's winning mentality had helped them to victory. Brian McDermott: "I thought we had a go from minute one and I can't fault our effort. "We played at a good tempo and played at pace but we didn't work their keeper enough. "We have conceded two goals from nothing but we got one goal back and we had a real go. "You can see the spirit at this club and what we have achieved over the last three of four months is really something. "But Newcastle showed what it takes to win the league. They were under the cosh and still scored twice and then at the end they threw bodies in the way and ground out a win. "Chris Hughton has galvanised the club and I'm very pleased for him. "It's an outside chance of getting in the play-offs and all we can do is win our next four games. "We were second bottom at the end of January so a top-10 finish would be a great achievement but it is important that we keep going right to the end and finish on a high."