Reading accomplished a vital 1-0 win over Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium in the English Premier League on Saturdayand although the Royals remain third from bottom in the table, they have gathered some much needed morale and form with these 3 points.
Reading manager Steve Coppell, who was sounding pretty much downbeat ahead of the relegation 6-pointer, is now optimistic again after bagging all 3 points away from home. Coppell says:
When you’ve gone so long without winning, when you eventually do, the feeling is just a huge sigh of relief.
Middlesbrough played 120 minutes in midweek, and if that was going to be a factor in the game, it was going to be in the last 10-15 minutes, and that proved to be the case.
From my point of view, my players stuck in there all the time. It’d be easy after the run we’ve had to be soft-centred but we were hard today, we kept going, and we just got a break at the death.
Reading are third from bottom only on goal difference but their first away win in the league this season should certainly motivate them. Indeed some would even suggest that Reading are just too good to go down.