Managers comments after Reading 5 - 1 City

Last updated : 03 January 2006 By Michael Morris

Steve Coppell

"It was funny the way the game went.

"I knew they can be dangerous and they have terrific individual players but the opening 10 or 15 minutes was the most open opening spell of the season.

"Leading 2-0 at half-time the message was to keep going because they can score goals from nothing.

"When they had scored it could still have got hairy but we weathered their five-minute storm and over the 90 minutes we played some really good stuff.

"It was our fourth game in eight days and we reaped the benefit of bringing in fresh legs in Kitson and James Harper who did not play at Derby."

Dave Jones

"It's hard to swallow, but I can't fault my players for what they have been doing this season.

"What's happened now is disappointing, but it's gone. The important thing is we bounce back and learn from it.

"We gave four goals away that were identical, and even the penalty came from a cross."

"I thought we had the better chances and could have scored through Alan Lee just before Reading got their first.

"Once Reading got in front their energy levels seemed to go up and ours seemed to go down.

"At the moment they are the best team in the division and deservedly so."