Newcastle’s lead at the top of the Championship was cut by 2 points to only 3 points last night as Brighton won 2-0 at Rotherham (Huddersfield won 1-0 at home to Aston Villa) and we could only draw 0-0 at 5th placed Reading.
It was a decent game and Newcastle could and probably should have won this game based on the chances we had, but on the other hand we nearly lost it at the death as Reading hit the cross-bar with only seconds to go in stoppage time.
Rafa Benitez and Jaap Stam last night
This is what Reading manager Jaap Stam said after the game and for a change he didn’t seem to be criticizing Newcastle because we are a big club with money and all that stuff:
“In think Newcastle will get away – they are a quality side,” “They are not giving many chances away.”
“They can always break and create a chance to score a goal.” “They have a lot of quality to do well against every team.”
“They are lots of points ahead. They will get away.”
“We played very well against a good side like Newcastle. I am very happy with the performance.”
“I think we were stronger than Newcastle. We know what we can do and we are confident.”
“This was against a side like this, who have a lot of quality with a good manager.”
“We could have done a little better by scoring one goal. We need to keep on going.”
It would be good if we can win our next two games before the two week International break.
We have Fulham at home on Saturday and then Birmingham City away the following Saturday.
What do you think?