Blackburn’s playoff hopes were severely dented as Reading produced one of the narrow football scores of the weekend in the Championship. The visitors were second best in the first half and had their goalkeeper Thomas Kaminski to thank for a series of saves. After being in pole position for a spot in the playoffs, Blackburn has managed just one win in their last nine and has managed to score just a solitary goal. Josh Laurent scored the only goal of the game for the hosts in the 75th minute.
Reading’s Paul Ince: “Defensively, we were outstanding. The back four had to defend at times because it all got a little bit nervy. In many ways, it was probably a perfect performance – apart from the chances we missed in the first half. We should have been 3-0 up at half-time. We need to be more ruthless. That makes it a much easier day for the old ticker! But then again, listen – it was a clean sheet, which is very important, and we also got that amazing goal from Josh. It was a real wonder goal. OK, we were hanging on a bit at the end and we had to really defend.”
Blackburn’s Tony Mowbray: “I haven’t got many thoughts on that game, other than it’s so disappointing. It’s yet another game where we failed to score a goal. A lot of the time, we just huffed and puffed. I thought that we were pretty dominant for the first 20 minutes. There was only one team in it. But Reading ground their way back into the game and had some efforts towards the end of the first half. We started the second half positively. We missed a few great opportunities, as we’ve tended to do recently, and we ended up losing the game.”
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