Doyle: We can be City slickersBy Nick Ive
October 30, 2008
Kevin Doyle admits Reading need to claim all three points at Ashton Gate on Saturday after losing to Burnley on Tuesday night.
Royals slipped a place to fourth after their 1-0 defeat at Turf Moor and are now seven points behind leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers.
And Doyle knows he and his team-mates could slip further off the pace should they fail to pick up all three points at Bristol City on Saturday.
“Even a draw would have been a good result at Turf Moor,” admitted Doyle. “Burnley are playing very well. Now we really need to win on Saturday to keep ourselves in the hunt.
“I have never been to Ashton Gate. Everyone is saying it’s a difficult place to go, but so is every away game. It’s important for us to win it.”
Reading were unlucky to leave Turf Moor empty handed.
They dominated most of the play, but found Clarets keeper Brian Jensen in outstanding form.
Royals were also once again left frustrated by hitting the woodwork on three separate occasions.
“We had good chances and in the second half we had lots of pressure, lots of corners, shots, headers and free-kicks,” recalled Doyle, who was unable to add to his nine-goal haul this season.
“I hit the post and crossbar, Bikey had a header, Noel had a chance, Jimmy had a couple of chances and Cisse had a great chance, but they were great saves from the keeper and they took their chance brilliantly.”
Jensen, the man who played a major role in Reading’s failure to end up pointless on Tuesday night, was delighted with his display.
It was the first time the Danish keeper had ever enjoyed a victory over Reading.
“It was easy,” joked the former West Brom stopper. “No, sometimes you have one of those games where everything goes for you.”
Jensen’s best moment was a superb double save in the first half when he denied Jimmy Kebe and Noel Hunt.
He added: “Five minutes after my double save I just felt that nothing could beat me and it worked out that way as well.
“The double save really gets you going and it’s just reaction after that. Noel Hunt came up and said ‘unbelievable’ and the manager (Coppell) told me well done, which was nice.
“But that’s enough about me, we got the win and that’s all that matters.
“We had everything going against us before the game. Clarky (Clarke Carlisle) wasn’t fit and we had to rotate a bit. We had another couple of knocks so it was a very, very good performance.
“The win is unbelievable. We always lose to Reading. That is the first time I’ve beaten them so I’m really happy.
“We deserved it for the hard work. In the end we maybe just nicked it in the end.”
The match at Turf Moor came just a matter of weeks after Reading had beaten Burnley 3-1 at Madejski Stadium and Jensen added: “When we went down there we thought we probably thought we should have got more out of it than we did but we lost 3-1. They actually killed our run so we started a new one.”