Coppell - Result was fair

Reading boss says his side face a challenge to be competitive

Coppell: Fair result

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Reading manager Steve Coppell believed his side deserved no more than a draw in their game against Birmingham on Saturday.

The Royals had gone a goal behind early in the first half when Mikael Forssell put Birmingham ahead but a penalty from Stephen Hunt ensured them a point.

Coppell's side are still without an away win all season but he believes they came close to taking all three points in a game which either side could have won.

"Either team could have won realistically. There were an awful lot of goalmouth incidents," he said.

Terrific

"The goalkeeper made a number of terrific saves and I remember (Ibrahima) Sonko cleared one off the line.

"The game was played at such a pace, it was like a cup-encounter, either side could have won it."

Reading ended Liverpool's unbeaten league run last time out but Coppell insists every game is as difficult in the top league.

He added: "A win doesn't carry you forward, you like to think the confidence and being positive is like a little package but it doesn't work like that.

Challenge

"When a team scored in this game, the other team played better. We were marginally the better side and we got going in the second half but I felt they edged it after that. It was probably a fair result.

"This is a massive challenge for us once again to be competitive in this division.

"A win would make life a lot easier for us but you have to earn your results away from home, they don't just land in your lap.

"I think at home you can play not so well and a result comes easier."