Coppell commends Villa display
Reading boss Steve Coppell was disappointed at his side's defeat but admired the set-piece performance of Aston Villa.
By Laura Slatcher
Last Updated: 12/01/08 10:30pm
Reading manager Steve Coppell was full of admiration for Aston Villa's performance after his side's defeat on Saturday.
Goals from Martin Laursen and two from John Carew sealed victory for Villa despite a consolation goal from James Harper in the dying seconds of the game.
Coppell's side are still without a league win away from home this season but he commended the set-piece ability of Villa.
"They're notorious for the set-pieces when they win the set pieces. They're terrific with them, so difficult to contain.
"We will obviously question ourselves. We won't moan and complain to the world about it."
The Royals manager was less than complimentary about some of the decisions in the game particularly Carew's first goal which appeared offside.
"It looks to me like that was offside," he added. "They lined up beyond the defensive line and then dropped back into the defensive line.
"I don't think he made it back but we can't do anything about it now.
"I know the team will keep on going, they've got their own pride at stake. They missed the presence of (Michael) Duberry at the back. We were a centre back short really.
"It's not for reassessment. We've got a game on Tuesday and there's no point starting inquests and post mortems about these games.
"From our point of view we'll try to learn from it."