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Reading boss Coppell unhappy with Chelsea's Pizarro

Reading boss Steve Coppell was unhappy with Chelsea striker Claudio Pizarro for his role in the dismissal of Kalifa Cisse in last night's 2-1 defeat.

He said: "There was a foul on Oster before the alleged foul by Cisse.

"By the reaction of the player you would think there had been heavy contact. He laddered his sock so it must have been a bad injury.

"But when you've been booked in the first half then you are always treading a dangerous line. It's an expensive lesson he's learned."

The Royals added: "I am disappointed but maybe I would be more critical of our finishing in the first 45 minutes.

"When we were 1-0 up we had some really good opportunities to be more in front. We knew they would make changes at half-time given the quality of their players.

"We knew the changes would ask different questions of us. They played with a lot more depth in the second half and that allowed Frank Lampard to push on for the first goal which was a bad one from our point of view in lots of ways. But their second goal from Drogba was great finish.

"When you go down 2-1 so quickly in the second half all the energy at half-time evaporates. It was hard for us to get into the game and the sending off made it very, very difficult."

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