Thorn lays off Jutkiewicz
Coventry manager Andy Thorn refused to criticise Lukas Jutkiewicz after his injury-time penalty miss against Reading.
Last Updated: 24/09/11 7:06pm
Coventry manager Andy Thorn refused to criticise top scorer Lukas Jutkiewicz after he missed an injury-time penalty in the 1-1 home draw with Championship rivals Reading.
Former Everton forward Jutkiewicz has scored more than half of City's league goals this season but he blasted over the bar after being upended by Reading defender Kaspars Gorkss at the death.
Coventry had earlier taken a second-minute lead when Gary McSheffrey scored from a tight angle but the Royals hit straight back when Simon Church side-footed past Joe Murphy in the 10th minute.
Reading had a spot-kick of their own in the 20th minute as Cyrus Christie brought down Jobi McAnuff but Murphy denied Noel Hunt with a good save to his left.
The home team had the best chances to win it - none more so than Jutkiewicz's penalty - but Thorn opted to look at the positives.
He said: "I don't want to dwell on the penalty because I thought we played really well today.
"I thought we moved the ball well and we had a terrific start, which we had spoken about.
"They had a penalty in the first half and it might have been a different game had that gone in but the match had everything for the fans.
"Our supporters really got behind the team today and drove us on. I was proud of the boys today. On another day, we might win it but we don't point fingers in our dressing room.
"The kid has missed a pen - but how well did he do to win it?"
Reading boss Brian McDermott felt the game hinged on the first penalty rather than the second but he was still happy with a point.
He said: "I think if we had made it 2-1, we might have gone on to win the game.
"Having said that, if you get a penalty against you with 10 seconds to go and you still get a result, you've got to take that.
"I would have been very pleased if Noel Hunt's penalty had gone in but it was a bit edgy at times. It is probably a better result for us in the end than it was for them.
"Our keeper made some good saves but he is a top-class keeper."