Stoke Boss Cotterill Pleased With Draw

Last updated : 28 September 2002 By Rob Cooper

Stoke boss Steve Cotterill
Stoke boss Steve Cotterill
After suffering a second half Reading onslaught Stoke boss Steve Cotterill was pleased to see his side escape from the Madejski Stadium with a point.

The Potters had chances of their own to bag the victory in the last ten minutes but the game seemed destined to end in a draw.

"I thought a draw was a fair result. We had to defend well at times, especially in the second half when they really came at us, but we rode it and we might even have won the game in the final ten minutes," said Cotterill.

"I felt we had one or two tired pairs of legs out there today, to finish like that was a terrific effort from the players as it was their third game in six days.

"If I could have asked for more from the team I would have asked of it, but I honestly felt the lads gave me everything they had."

The result leaves Stoke fourteenth, just one point behind the Royals who currently occupy eleventh place.

Stoke have now gone four games unbeaten, picking up eight points in that stint of matches. Victories over Brighton and Ipswich were followed up with a midweek draw at home to Nottingham Forest.

Cotterill admitted he is pleased with his sides current run of form. He said: "Four game undefeated is a nice little run and the main thing is the longer we can build on that the more confidence the players will get.

"If I had one criticism it would have been the goal we gave away. Most goals are preventable and Reading's most certainly was.

"We've just got to stay that little bit more switched on at times. If that hadn't gone in and we'd scored first it would have been very interesting to see how they reacted.

"I believe Jurgen Vandeurzen's shot will go down as an own goal. The thing that pleased me most about our goal is Jurgen did exactly what we asked of him and got into position to take that shot."