In what was some good news for Newcastle United tonight Reading were beaten 1-0 at home by QPR and remain a full 6 points behind Newcastle and we also have a much superior goal difference.
Reading had been expected to beat QPR and get within 3 points of Newcastle, but a first half goal from Jamie Mackie was enough to give QPR a precious 3 points and it was a big chance lost by Reading.
Reading were dominant at the beginning of the game, but QPR manager Ian Holloway had tightened up their defense and they played well and in the end deserved to win the game.
Reading manager Jaap Stam
After the game a disappointed Reading manager Jaap Stam had this to say:
“We weren’t good enough on the day. We had a lot of possession and created a couple of chances, but it was difficult to play against a team who dropped in deep very far.
“It was very hard to create a lot of chances and you can see they’ve got quality as well.”
“They were waiting for the chance to get out on the break and they succeeded once in the first half and scored that goal.”
This is what a proud QPR manager Ian Holloway had to say:
“I’m bursting with pride. That’s a really good team we’ve played tonight and it wasn’t easy.”
“I’ve got some young boys in there I’m so proud of, and some senior ones.”
“Every single person has gone through hell and back in the last couple of weeks and when you clear things it’s like a blockage.”
“When someone doesn’t want to be there or isn’t there for the right reasons you just need to freshen things up.”
“Can you ask for any more than that? I don’t think so.”
Here’s the top six in the league table as it stands at the moment: