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Clarke: "It wasn't a good game"

7 April 2015

Manager on Blackpool point

Steve Clarke pulled no punches in his assessment of a scrappy draw with Blackpool at Bloomfield Road, though was pleased to see his side respond well after a below par first half display.

The Royals fell behind to an early Jamie O’Hara penalty, but equalised moments into the second half as substitute Pavel Pogrebnyak’s run ended in a Grant Hall own goal.

“It wasn’t a good game, the pitch was dreadful and the first half from us was dreadful,” Clarke told Reading FC Player. “The second half at least we got off to a flying start after a couple of changes. I felt at half time I should put on a little bit more power, a little bit more directness onto the game. It paid off immediately but then there were a couple of long injury delays that seemed to take our momentum away.

“We were much better second half, we were more competitive and had a great chance to win it near the end with Pavel, he just put it wide. We had one or two things but it wasn’t a great game.”

The manager was keen to thank a good number of Reading fans for their support, in what turned out to be a chilly Tuesday evening by the seaside.

“They were great - we appreciate the fact that they’re here, it’s a long way to come up and it was never going to be a pretty game of football, the surface dictated that. But at least they got something to cheer about in the second half, we appreciate their effort and look forward to seeing them on Saturday.”

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