Coppell Delighted With Home Win

Reading won a morale-boosting 2-1 victory over Newcastle United at the Madejski Stadium today and manager Steve Coppell was delighted at the performance.

Coppell’s inspired, or lucky substitution – take your choice – by bringing on Shane Long after 83 minutes worked to great affect, as Long notched the late winner with his very first kick.


Steve Coppell – his team easily outplayed Newcastle today

From a Newcastle viewpoint you can ask what the 3 or 4 defenders that went for the high ball were doing, as the ball got through to Long who made no mistake and gave Shay Given no chance – for the second time in the game.

Dave Kitson had put Reading in front eight minutes into the second half when he shot home from just outside of the penalty box. And while Newcastle struggled almost all afternoon Reading came to their rescue inadvertently.

Following an Emre free kick out on the right corner, Michael Duberry chested the ball into the net. It looked like a gift to the Magpies – but they refused to accept it. That was because terrible defending allowed Long to hit home the winner, which in truth Reading deserved all afternoon.

After the game manager Steve Coppell said:

“Our performance was more like the way we played last year – there was a lot of energy about it. From my point of view it was like seeing an old friend. I enjoyed it.”

Steve said of match winner Long:

“He wasn’t on at me to bring him on – he never does – but he is certainly one of the quickest to get on. Some of the more seasoned pros seem to take an age.”

“Consistently this year substitutes have made an impact in our games. It’s a trend of this season. Shane came on and introduced some real gusto to our play. He has bags of energy and is a young man with a point to prove, which is a nice combination.”

“And because he has not been through an apprenticeship he does things differently in an unexpected way. Sometimes that can be frustrating for us just as much as it is dangerous for the opposition.”

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • valle

    Oct 27, 2007 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #1

    Was is it about newcastle that makes teams who havnt played well, play their best game of the season. Players who havnt scored in ages, break their duck and so on and so on… Perhaps im wrong, but it does happen more than often 🙂

  • geordiejordan

    Oct 27, 2007 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #2

    i would like to make some very direct comments, and i don’t do this very often as a geordie and being used to not winning silverware…..
    1) i as the rest of you are gutted not to take any points, b/c i thought we would at least take 1 esp after we equalised
    2) those of you bandwagon fans just hop off. the real fans can be gutted and still not call for sacking our gaffer and our defense
    3) rome was not built in a day (thank you who said that previously)
    4) howay the lads!!!

    the table is not settled, we will move up with time. like i said i am disapointed with wor lads performance. but 1 fixture does not a season make. apologies for the rant.

  • Hammy

    Oct 27, 2007 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #3

    Gutted we got nothing from this game, after seeing our first 10 fixtures I fancied our chances big time to be in the top six, but as everyone says Rome was not built in a day….and we are a fairly new side personnel wise.
    Haven’t seen the game but apparently deadly defending cost us, well if you remember the Derby game we won very little in the high ball department so maybe that will need addressing.
    Another old cliche, best form of defence is to attack? why with the guys we have not pressing Reading down the flanks? If we are attacking them they can’t score against us… brainer i’m afraid……no good setting your stall out for a 0-0 and they score in the 90th minute.

    Anyway…..everybody is learning…I think this will be an experimental season I just hope there is more ups than downs. Passionate game football……….

  • Ed Harrison

    Oct 27, 2007 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #4

    Geordie Jordan – good comment – well said – we’ll still come good – but there’s some bumps in the road – this was a small bump 😀

  • Hammy

    Oct 27, 2007 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #5

    Don’t forget the geordie clocks gan back the neet……..

  • Bill f

    Oct 28, 2007 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #6

    Saw the lowlights on Beeb, shouted at wife went to bed, still always next game.

    If we didn’t have downs we wouldn’t appreciate ups.

    She’s actually quite understanding, must be as we celebrate our Ruby Wedding aniversary tommorrow. (Sunday). Life isn’t just football lads. (No Really)

  • Hammy

    Oct 28, 2007 at 12:07 AM

    Comment #7

    Happy anniversary Bill, have a great day….

  • wsq

    Oct 28, 2007 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #8

    A football club is not a f&^*&ing city FGS! simple football has been made for centuries. Get the ball down and play football. man city football was built within weeks! despite their 6-0 thrashing.. chelsea has already Rome status!


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