Coppell: We Deserved Something

By Rob Cooper
Last updated : 01 November 2003
Steve Jones' goal on the quarter hour proved to be enough to see off Reading at Gresty Road on Saturday afternoon.

Boss Steve Coppell, who ended up on the losing side for the second time as Reading boss, reckons his side deserved to earn at least a point after a strong second half push.

The Royals fired in a multitude of long-range efforts in the second period and were irritated by the referee's decision to rule out Nicky Forster's first half 'goal' for a push on a defender.

However, Reading were well below their best and it would be hard for anyone to argue that they deserved to take home all three points.

"We feel that we've missed out on a point," said Coppell speaking after the game.

"But the equaliser never came, and we didn't hit the target enough from promising positions which we didn't capitalise on."

Despite the failure to gain anything from the game, Steve was pleased with the second half display which on another day would have reaped its rewards.

He concluded: "I couldn't ask for much more from the second half performance. We were always looking to attack, which is how I like to play, but our finishing let us down and we're really disappointed."

Reading will have to improve greatly if they are to get anything out of their game next Saturday which is at home to Wigan, who thrashed Crystal Palace 5-0 today.

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