Date: 2nd November 2015 at 8:37pm
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Manager Chris Hughton has said he was pleased with a hard earned point against Reading at the weekend.

Video – Reading Highlights
Audio – Draw Doesn’t Disappoint Hughton

Speaking to the Official Site following the one all draw at the Madejski Stadium, the gaffer explained.

‘Probably on the balance, as the away side, it was a fair result and a good one too. They were strong at the end and had a lot of firepower, so we had to defend very well at the end of the game. We didn`t play well enough on the break and needed an outlet. I thought we scored a very good goal, but you`ve got to defend well for 90 minutes against this team because it`s tough with the amount of quality in their side.’

Hughton went on to credit the quality play shown by the side in the build up to Jamie Murphy’s goal, and he again talked about being pleased with the overall defensive play on the day.

‘We scored a really good goal, but when you take a lead against that sort of opposition, then you know they`ve got options upfront and they`re going to go for it. We had to put in a few blocks and certainly with a player like Blackman, you can see why he has scored so many goals. He`s a real threat inside and outside the box and can use both feet. Matej Vydra has scored goals like that throughout his career and we needed to defend well for the 90 minutes. It became more open as the game progressed and the players become a bit more tired. It could`ve gone either way, but I can`t be too disappointed.’

With Andrew Crofts getting another run out following his return to fitness, he came in for praise as well as Hughton confirmed he was pleased with his options ahead of a tough game against Sheffield Wednesday tomorrow evening.

‘Crofty has done great for us, especially when you consider the period of time he has been out. He had his first start last week, started today and looked reasonably fresh after playing for 95 minutes. He looked strong and we`ll have to assess our options again ahead of a big game against Sheffield Wednesday. We`ll have to play well there to get a result.’

Liam Rosenior was also interviewed after the game and in his own interview he talked about the spirit within the camp as we stretch our unbeaten run to 14 games.

‘All in all I think it was a very good point. To be fair to Reading, they were the best team we`ve played this season; they have a lot of very good attacking players, the likes of Nick Blackman and Matej Vydra, and they are going to cause teams a lot of problems. But I thought we stood up to that really well. You could see people putting blocks in today, headers off the line, headers hitting the post, all types of things. We`re all willing to put our bodies on the line to help each other and if you want to be successful and you want promotion, then that`s what it takes. We`re a brilliant, tight-knit group. I`m not just talking about the players; you see the camaraderie among the coaching staff: Nathan, Colin, the manager, we all get on really well. You need that and you need to want to work for each other. All credit must go to the manager; he`s in the hotseat, he makes the decisions in terms of recruitment and the way we want to play, and he`s got the balance spot on so far. He`s a very passionate man, he`s very driven and he wants success for everyone in terms of promotion and being successful. With him at the helm we`re going to be successful more times than not.’

Rosenior went on to praise Murphy and Tomer Hemed for the goal on the day, saying that if Barcelona had scored it, people wouldn’t have heard the end of it.

‘It was a fantastic goal. If Barcelona had scored it people would be raving about it. A lot is said about Championship football but there are a lot of good teams, a lot of good players, and I think our goal is up there as one of the best team onrd this season. Tomer`s attitude and his way of playing sums up everyone in this team at the moment. It`s all about the team and Tomer and Sam Baldock work so hard, and are one of the main reasons why we remain unbeaten. It`s not just about scoring goals when you`re a striker; Tomer causes centre-halves all sorts of problems with his strength and his pace. Regardless of whether he scores or not, the most important thing is that we keep getting positive results.’

With attentions now turning to Tuesday’s game against Wednesday, Rosenior added.

‘Sheffield Wednesday are on a roll but so are we. We`re 14 unbeaten, so it`s going to be a very good game. They had a great win against Arsenal; they won again today, but we`re confident that we can go there and get a positive result.’

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