Date: 22nd August 2016 at 1:18pm
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Manager Chris Hughton has reflected on the weekend’s action against Reading and said he believes it was a fair result in the end.

Heading to the Madejski Stadium for the game on Saturday, the match ebbed and flowed with both sides having their time in the lead, but an own goal and an Anthony Knockaert strike wasn’t enough for all three points in the two all draw, but speaking to the Official Site Hughton was pretty content with the point because he knew it wasn’t our greatest performance.

‘We weren`t at our best today; we managed to get 2-1 up very early in the second half and probably on the balance of play, I can`t say we deserved that. But we`ve got players in the team that can score goals, although we needed to hold onto that lead for a lot longer to give ourselves a chance of winning the game. We come away from here with a performance that probably wasn`t one of our better ones, but we still got something from the game. I thought they [Reading] were good at times and we were playing away from home after having a midweek game. Sometimes that affects you, sometimes it doesn`t. We were a little bit flatter in our play today on the back of a really good performance (Rotherham) and sometimes it`s difficult to reach those levels again. We`ve got enough in the team to get us goals and having taken the lead, we`re disappointed with the way we conceded, but I can`t be too disappointed with the result.’

With a shuffle in midfield, he went on to explain.

‘We manoeuvred the team around a bit; we`re going through a heavy period of midweek, then Saturday games and we`ve got a lot of competition in those areas. My intention with Beram and Siddy was that they played in the first two games and we won the first two games. I decided to make a change in midweek, so my thinking was always to bring them back for this game. He (Stephens) has missed a good chunk of pre-season; he was involved in three of those games, but didn`t play for a full 90 minutes in that period. He missed the first game of the season too and the midweek cup game. We felt that he would gain more from a couple of good days` training yesterday and today so he`s back firing for midweek and next Saturday.’

With Liam Rosenior going off injured in the game, Hughton described it as a reckless challenge from Yann Kermorgant and admitted the player would be assessed this week when the issue had settled down somewhat.

‘He`s sore at the moment. I can`t say it was intentional because I know the lad, but it was a wreckless challenge. We`ll have to see how it settles down in the next couple of days.’

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