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Palace survive disallowed goal to draw with Reading

Reading were denied a late winner in their scoreless draw at Crystal Palace in the Championship with the referee adjudging a foul on Eagles keeper Julian Speroni. Palace boss Dougie Freedman was pleased with the point, saying: "I felt that we defended very well but did not quite have the guile to open them up, so I was delighted with the point.

"They are a very good team and while we did not manage to create too many chances, I am happy with the way we defended.

"Reading are a very good side. They almost got into the Premier League last season. They have lost a few players but they are still a good team.

"We showed our battling qualities, we just never managed to open them up, but we kept another clean sheet.

"I have seen our penalty decision [when Jonathan Parr collided with Adam Federici] and I think it is a good call from the referee.

"The goalkeeper has pushed the ball on to Jonathan's foot. It was by a split second, so it was a good call."

Freedman was also delighted to see his side draw Manchester United in the Carling Cup quarter final.

He added: "I am pleased. It is good for the fans to be going up to Old Trafford. It has been a long time since we last visited a Premier League ground.

"I am happy. It is a good draw for us and we will try to press ourselves on Manchester United."

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