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Reading boss Coppell furious after Liverpool defeat

Reading boss Steve Coppell was left fuming after his side's narrow 2-1 defeat at Anfield.

He was upset with Fernando Torres' winner, annoyed with the refusal by referee Andre Marriner to award a late penalty when the ball struck Steven Gerrard on the arm in the box, and far from happy with his own player Sean Long, who hurled his shirt to the ground after being substituted.

He said: "I am very disappointed with the free header for Torres, if you allow him to do that six yards out, he will score. We just stood and watched.

"As for what we felt was a strong shout for a penalty late on, the ball hit Gerrard on the arm and it was bound for the net.

"Having seen a penalty given earlier in the week for Aston Villa this one was stitched on.

"The ball was heading for the goal from (Dave) Kitson and it hit Gerrard on the arms!"

Coppell was unhappy with Long's antics, saying: "I have told him I never want to see something like that again, and I won't. I will deal with it my way, I won't be telling anyone.

"He was annoyed with the officials, just frustrated. He was playing against a centre-half who was six inches taller and every time they came together, it was a free-kick for Liverpool.

"I understand his frustration, and that is how he expressed it. But it was not the right thing to do."

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