Doyle and Murty back Coppell

By Angus Muller
Last updated : 25 October 2007

"Anyone who plays two internationals in a week starts on the bench," Doyle told The Sun.

"That is the way it is at Reading and to be honest I would do the same thing if I was the manager.

"We know we are better when we play 4-4-2 and although I scored two goals when I came on, we were 3-0 down and never near a point at that stage of the game.

"I like to score goals and Nicky Shorey picked me out for the goals but our home record is now very important, especially the next game against Newcastle."

Meanwhile Gaeme Murty has said it was the players that let Coppell down. The boss tried to vary the tactics in the first half and it failed. After reverting back to normal after the break Reading scored a couple of goals but it was not enough.

"With the players we have and the ability they possess we should be able to take on board what the manager says and handle it,"said Murty."

"The most disappointing thing is we want to play good football and improve as a team. We changed things for one game and didn't do as well as we would have liked.

"It's upset us because we all believe we're good enough to play at this level but to blame the manager's tactics is wrong."

He added: "The manager demanded a response in the second half and I think we gave him one.

"We went back to doing what we're good at. We were strong in defence and we played football in Blackburn's half.

"We scored two goals and created a lot of chances against a very good team."

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