Reading manager Steve Coppell was as realistic as ever after his sideâ€™s 3-0 defeat at St. Jamesâ€™ Park yesterday.
Reading Manager Steve Coppell – aware of Newcastle power going forward
Steve said after the game:
“Credit to the finishers they have,” “In Owen, Martins and Viduka they have some threesome and to try to keep them quiet over 90 minutes is a handful.”
â€œI was disappointed in our display when I thought today might have been an opportunity for us,”
“I’m fully aware of Newcastle’s power going forward, but I felt that over the course of the season they had yet to be consistent defensively.”
“But today was another building brick for them and Kevin must be very pleased with the performance.”
It looks like Steve wanted Reading to test the shaky Newcastle defense and they did just that in the first 20 minutes as Newcastle took time to get to grips with the game. But they coiuldn’t score that vital first goal and three opportunist goals from Newcastle’s front three put an end to the game.
Newcastle finished easy winners and could have had more than three, with just a little bit of luck in the second half. The defense played well with young David Edgar giving a good account of himself in central defense, as he deputized for food poisoning victim Steven Taylor, alongside the ever impressive Abdoulaye Faye.
Joey Barton and Nicky Butt again had good games, and Habib Beye was outstanding at right back. There’s no doubt Newcastle are looking a typically good Kevin Keegan side right now, and he seems to have got the very best out of his players.
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