Pardew: We Didn't Play Well

Last updated : 14 September 2002 By Rob Cooper
The Royals lost 1-0 at home to Wimbledon, Jobi McAnuff scored a stoppage time winner for the visitors.

Although they had a lot of possesion and dominated the first half Reading's inability to create so few clear cut chances was worrying if not alarming.

Alan Pardew was particuarly upset to see the visitors score a late winner and was seen kicking a water bottle onto the field in frustration.

"Ovbiously it was a very disappointing goal after we gave it away cheaply up front. They had plenty of men forward and McAnuff miscued it but it went into the top corner - that's the kind of day we had really," said the Reading boss.

"We didn't threaten their goal enough, our play in the last third was poor. With people like Salako, Butler, Cureton and Igoe you're looking for a bit of flair but it didn't happen today.

"We're not going to have a major panic, but we didn't play well, and we know that. We'll have to put things right on Wednesday."

Despite strong claims referee G Hegley turned down Reading's appeal for a penalty when Anthony Rougier appeared to be brought down inside the box.

Speaking on the incident Pards added: "I've not seen it on TV yet, but from my level it looked like a penalty. There would have been no point going down there. The referee didn't do us any favours today and I'm not just talking about the penalty."

After two defeats in a week Reading will now have to pick themselves up for the visit of high-flying Norwich City on Wednesday.

"I've got to look at the side because I've got major options. There was strength in depth on the bench was strong and I had got Harps and Parky sitting in the stands. If people aren't playing at the level they should be then maybe I'll have to change it arounf a bit."