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Jobi on 'definite' penalty

27 January 2014

"A key time in the game"

Skipper Jobi McAnuff felt that the Royals were denied a clear penalty on Saturday at Ipswich, but insists there's no time to rue our luck ahead of Tuesday night's game at home to Blackpool.

Despite McAnuff clearly being tripped inside the area by Town midfielder Ryan Tunnicliffe, referee Andrew Madley decided not to point to the spot in what was a crucial period of dominance for Reading in the first half.

"We've had a few this year," McAnuff told the Reading Post. "We're obviously disappointed - that was a key time in the game.

"The ref said there was slight contact, so I don't understand - if he hasn't got the ball and there is contact then it can't not be a penalty.

"It's a difficult one - I've tried to stay up and my momentum has taken me down when you're clipped at that speed. I thought it was definitely a penalty."

"For me, you try your hardest to be honest and sometimes you don't really get the rewards you should do. When players do go down, they get a lot of stick for it. It's a hard one - sometimes they are given and sometimes they are not."

But the captain admitted that the Royals could have done better with Ipswich's first goal, and says the side will be keen to bounce back immediately when the Tangerines arrive at Madejski Stadium on Tuesday evening.

"We've just got to keep getting into those areas - overall in the first half we played really well but didn't start the second half as well as we'd like to. As I say, it was a bad goal for us.

"We've got to do better, it was a bad goal from our point of view. Even after that (the penalty claim), we got back into it and created a few bits and bobs. We didn't take our chances and they took theirs.

"There's no time for any moping around - we'll have a little look over the game, dust ourselves down and get ready for Blackpool. There was a lot of good stuff to take our of it, we'll keep positive and look to get a good result.

"It's just those fine details. We'll be fine, we'll look to bounce back again on Tuesday."

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