What the managers had to say after Reading's revival

Steve Coppell

It was an exciting performance from us. Both managers could criticise aspects of play but from our point of view it was terrific to come back like that. We started nervously and looked anxious, which is human nature given the position we're in.

"When their second one went in, we relaxed a bit and had a go at them.

"The timing of our first goal was critical and it gave us a real boost. I was pleased that we continued to play with that tempo after we scored.

"We played in such a way that you can see what this means to everybody. I know how many good luck texts and phone calls I've had for today and it was the same for the players.

"We've worked really hard to be here and getting into the Premiership was a very bid thing for us. You could see that on the pitch.

"As soon as we started stringing passes together I thought that we might get back at them."

He added: "Leroy has the ability to sniff out an opening - he's one of those players. The chance fell to him and he made no mistake."

"Seol is a very good player in possession. There are aspects of his game which he could improve on. He's a cutting edge for us and a powerful boy."


Gareth Southgate

"It was a roller-coaster. We knew we had to dig in after going 2-0 up and Reading threw everything at us.

"We missed a great opportunity to get a win. I wasn't surprised Reading played like that because of the energy and spirit they showed last season."

"The goal looked onside but it was very tight and hopefully those will go for us another day. We didn't do enough in the second half to get the win," added Southgate.