Coppell pleased for Kitson
By Andrew Scurr
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Steve Coppell was delighted for Dave Kitson as he scored the winner against Newcastle.
Reading manager Steve Coppell was delighted for Dave Kitson as he scored the winner against Newcastle United on Monday night.
The goal was Kitson's first in the Premiership since the opening day of the season as injuries have frustrated the striker this term.
"You can just imagine from his point of view the relief involved," Coppell told Sky Sports 1.
"He's missed a huge chunk of the season and for all the players the first Premiership season was going to be significant and he couldn't really get into it.
"It's taken a long time, he's still got someway to go and ironically we're coming to the end of the season.
"But he does have a gift of being in the right place and he finishes strongly."
Kitson's strike gave The Royals a 1-0 win against a Newcastle side which Coppell admits posed their problems at the Madejski Stadium.
"They're a difficult team and the shape they confronted us with was difficult to get hold of, certainly in the first-half, second-half I thought we attacked the whole game better and we had more purpose in our play," he said.
"But it was close, right from the first whistle. I thought the first goal was going to be decisive and it proved to be that way."
Reading climbed back into the Uefa Cup places with the victory and Coppell insists he will take whatever comes their way at the end of the season.
"I've said all along we'll accept whatever happens and my job is to get as many points as we can, finish as high up the table as we can," he added.
"If that means Europe then we'll take it.
"Whatever it is it's a dream come true for this club, first year in the Premiership it's been great for us and we've enjoyed every minute."