Steve Coppell insists he is 'grateful' for Reading's display in their 1-0 victory over Everton.
Reading secured the points thanks to a 44th minute strike from Stephen Hunt, but Coppell was forced to watch on as the Royals endured a second-half onslaught from Everton.
The Madejski manager watched his side hang-on for the three points against a determined Everton side, who rattled the woodwork twice through James McFadden and Andy Johnson.
"I'm grateful," admitted Coppell to Sky Sports News.
"I thought this was a good performance, tested in many ways by a really good side. Everton are a team, which earn the respect of the opposition.
"In the first-half we played well and we scored at an excellent time.
War of attrition
"The second-half was a little bit of a war of attrition, but the Premier League is a test, that is one thing you can guarantee on a week to week basis."
In their attempts to maintain their lead Reading collected a number of injuries, with Hunt, Graeme Murty and Seol Ki-Hyeon limping out of the game, and Coppell says the casualties will need to be assessed.
"We have had three games in six days, which is physically demanding," added Coppell. "We picked up a few injures because of that.
"We will wait until tomorrow, Seol has a sore knee, Murty has an abductor strain and Hunt has been carrying a little bit of a thigh problem."
"When the players have to be so fine tuned at this level you are going to collect injuries."