Post match Blackpool reaction

The stigma of the barren run can be forgotten and hopefully now the club will progress.

On the game v Blackpool Rodgers was very happy.

"That was thoroughly deserved," he said. "We had a terrific start and hopefully people can see the growth and development in the squad. That's seven points from the last nine.

"I am a slow starter, but the last three games have shown that the performance and results are improving.

"It's a big credit to the players who have been carrying the burden of the home run but still kept playing with confidence.

"I got drenched going in to the middle of the pitch to applaud the supporters at the end but I would have slid there on my knees if I could have done."

Blackpool boss Ian Holloway admitted the hosts had been good value for their win.

"I was very disappointed. I think my goalkeeper was too busy for my liking," he said.

"I think Reading played better than us and their wide men were a handful.

"The reports we had suggested they shouldn't be down where they are. I expected them to play a 4-4-2 and I was surprised when they lined up with one in front.

"They changed to cope with us, which was a tribute to us.

"Last year we used to grind out results but this year we are trying to play attractive football.

"We had a five-and-a-half-hour trip yesterday and I don't think our preparation was right. The players said they were hungry and wanted to eat early.

"Towards the end I complained about the multi-ball system which I wasn't happy with. I am campaigning to get rid of it.

"My players didn't get it back as quick as theirs, but when Reading went ahead their players went to get the ball themselves."