Turf Luck!By Nick Ive
October 29, 2008
Steve Coppell was left frustrated as his side came away from Turf Moor empty-handed – thanks to the heroics of Burnley keeper Brian Jensen and the woodwork.
Former West Brom stopper Jensen pulled off a string of fine saves to frustrate Reading’s strike force, while the Clarets also had the bar and the post to thank on three separate occasions.
Royals were even unable to snatch a second successive goalless draw as Robbie Blake popped up with a late winner to drop Coppell’s men down a place to fourth in the Coca-Cola Championship.
“He (Jensen) was terrific,” admitted the Royals boss. “He made some great saves.
“If the goal had been a couple of inches wider or bigger then it would have been a comfortable game for us I think.
“In many ways I would like to compliment my players, but coming in with nothing after an away performance like that, and the chances we had, we are all bitterly disappointed.
“But if we continue to play and try and create as many chances as we have done tonight then we’ll be okay.
“Hitting the woodwork is frustrating and it’s been away from home.
“Now it seems that we have got the obvious trend of doing well at home and struggling away, but if our performances are maintained at that level then we’ll win more than we lose away.
“It is a soft defeat for us. In the second half I thought we played ever so well.
“I couldn’t really see them doing a great deal. Robbie Blake came on and you know you have to adjust the way you defend, but I still couldn’t see them scoring.
“We got a bit kitchen-sinkish after that which we never do well.”
Read Wednesday's Evening Post for our full report and further reaction to last night's game.