Reading boss Coppell: Soul-searching needed

Reading boss Steve Coppell admits his leaky defence left him "frightened" after their 3-0 reverse at home to West Ham.

He said: "It's the first time since I have been here when I have been frightened when we attacked. It was naive to say the least. Every time we got forward in numbers they hit us on the break.

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"We spoke about it at half-time but in the second half it was doubly so. Of their three goals two of them came from our corners and the first was the result of scavenging off a loose ball in midfield.

"With the international break coming up we have to do a lot of thinking to redirect what we are about.

"I'm all for attacking football and I tell players to commit forward but we had no structure. The number of times they broke, particularly down the left side, really hurt us. They could easily have scored a couple more.

"First and foremost we have a lot of soul-searching to do and then evaluate. One result has seen us hitting the alarm bells I must admit. We have a lot to do before our next game."

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