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Reading boss Coppell admits tactical blunder

Reading have still not won on their travels this season as they crashed 4-2 at Blackburn.

Three goals down within the first 32 minutes was not the ideal start for Steve Coppell's outfit.

Benni McCarthy, Roque Santa Cruz and a goal of the month contender from Tugay seemed to have sealed the visitor's fate. But a spirited second half fightback saw them score twice through substitute Kevin Doyle but it was too late to prevent a forth successive away defeat.

Doyle brought the score back to 3-1 but almost immediately Blackburn won a penalty when substitute Matt Derbyshire was tripped by Michael Duberry. McCarthy easily converted from 12 yards.

Deep into injury time again Doyle headed home but the Royals still have only gained one point away from home.

Boss Steve Coppell was honest enough to admit his team formation in the first half contributed to the defeat and only when he changed things around in the second half did the situation improve.

"I tried a different formation and obviously that didn't work. I take a fair amount of the blame for that myself.

"The second half when we got back to our more accustomed way of playing we where more of a factor in the game. They probably took their foot off the pedal but it's fair to say we had a fair share of chances then.

"It's my fault | chose the wrong way of playing 100% - the confidence of the team is fine.

"Three of our five away defeats have been after international breaks, so that doesn't help, but it's not an excuse. I look for reasons why but I don't want that used as an excuse at all."

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