Reading boss Coppell unhappy with long ball claims

Reading boss Steve Coppell is unhappy his team has been branded long ball merchants.

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"We always mix it up," said the Reading boss. "It amazes me, sometimes we are accused of being a long-ball team and then I look at the stats when we played Liverpool.

"I look at the big teams and with the exception of Arsenal, they smash it as much as anybody. Once they get on top, then they start passing it around.

"Arsenal are off the scale, they play totally different football. The best chance the rest of us have in terms of style of play is to try to make sure they play six Englishmen - English players don't play that way."

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