Reading boss Coppell ponders future

Reading boss Steve Coppell admits he is considering his future after they were relegated at Derby.

It was a performance to be proud of for the visitors' loyal following as James Harper curled home a superb opener before Dave Kitson, Kevin Doyle and Leroy Lita completed the rout in the second half.

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"I have got to look at things," Coppell said. "It's too close (after the game) now. I have a huge affection for this club and I want to do what I think is right for this club."

Coppell conceded he expected the three points to be enough to keep his side afloat but paid tribute to the recent form of Fulham, who won four of their last five games to complete an unlikely survival bid.

"I thought if we had got three points here today it would be enough," he said.

"At the end of it all, you have to give huge respect to Roy (Hodgson) and Fulham. We wouldn't have been looking forward to going to Portsmouth today.

"I don't know how they have played but, whatever, Fulham had to go there and get a result and that was to their credit.

"The run they have had has been brilliant. Obviously, to say we are bitterly disappointed is a huge understatement.

"The dressing room is a very sad place at the moment and it's difficult to know what to say to ease their pain.

"I'm lost for words, there is no comfort in words at the moment. It is a bit of a numb feeling.

"We have brought some good stuff to the Premier League so it is a shame for it to end that way."

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