Luton secured a thrilling home victory over their guests, Reading, who lost their fourth straight Championship game on Wednesday. After we covered the football match, here’s the two coaches’ reactions to Reading’s 0-2 loss to Luton in the Championship.
Coaches’ Reactions to Reading’s 0-2 Loss to Luton in the Championship
Reading boss Veljko Paunovic told BBC Radio Berkshire: “We have to show much more pride, much more courage. Without courage, without anger in certain moments and without urgency you can’t play football. You can’t be the player you are, you can’t be the team you are if you are missing these important ingredients.
“Feeling sorry for ourselves, I hate that and I’m not going to let anyone spread negativity – we have to keep ourselves accountable for what we are doing.
“There is an obvious solution for this. It is to recover our pride, recover our composure and start playing as a team.
The Royals were playing without former England striker Andy Carroll after his two-month deal expired this week. Also missing was goalkeeper Rafael Cabral following his return to Brazil. After a difficult week, therefore, there was little to lift the mood on the pitch.
Meanwhile, Liam Moore was left out of the Reading squad after telling manager Veljko Paunovic he wanted to leave. Instead, centre-half Michael Morrison took the captain’s armband on his first start since mid-September.
On Moore, Paunovic said: “When I spoke to Liam I told him I want to take the burden from him. I think he was carrying a lot in these six years, a lot of good things obviously, but I think he needed a little relief and to focus on his performances.”
“I thought we were excellent, our application was brilliant, we defended our box really well to limit their chances and we threatened at times. We had enough quality to win the game,” Luton boss Nathan Jones, in the meantime, told BBC Three Counties Radio.
“We had a real element of control. The pitch was really poor and it was very tricky to move the ball, and every time we moved it into midfield it was kind of dangerous, but our front two were excellent all night, a real threat.
“We’ve managed to jump into the top half with games in hand so it shows we are in a decent place, but we’ve got to go away from home again on the weekend. It’s a tough, tough schedule.”