Pardew Pleased Despite Defeat

Last updated : 03 August 2002 By Rob Cooper
Reading last night lost their unbeaten pre-season record as they lost 4-3 to Premiership side Charlton Athletic at the Madejski Stadium in front of a disappointing 3,054 strong crowd.

Despite the loss Alan Pardew was not too disappointed with the result, he had earlier stated the most important thing about this game was to get his players fit.

Following the match Pards told "We looked fit and healthy, I felt we passed the ball well. Defensively I could be happier but I don't want to look at the negatives as there were so many positives."

The Reading boss was able to field academy player Andre Fashanu for the first time in a year because of a serious injury the youngster sustained. Pardew added: "We were really disappointed last year when he got a cruciate ligament injury.

"My staff and I think he has got fantastic talent. The kid knows it and he has got arrogance about him, but it's nice arrogance. He needs to work on his fitness levels but he has got something and I highlighted that tonight by putting him in the first team.

"James Harper has also got the talent.Even in tonight's game ti was bits and bobs for him, but his confidence is growing and that was another of the pluses."