Date: 5th March 2015 at 5:28pm
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Manager Neil Lennon has said he will have to accept the point we took from Reading on Tuesday evening, but he did feel that we should have won the game.

Having taken the lead on the hour mark through Gudjohnsen, Reading got a late late leveller in the match to steal two points from us and for Lennon as he spoke to the Official Site he felt our possession and attempts on targets mean we should’ve scored that second goal to see the game out.

With that said, having been forced into making three first half substitutions with injuries hitting, Lennon had to be pleased with how we’d coped on the night and responded to those knockbacks.

‘I’m very pleased with the way out players performed this evening. Considering what we had to put up with tonight, with injuries and refereeing decisions going against us, we did well. I can’t fauly any of the effort or performances from the lads. We gave it our all and I thought we were the better side, particularly in the second half.’

As for their leveller, Lennon went on to describe it as a ‘cruel goal’ against us.

‘There was a lot of luck on their part involved, but we have to do better when trying to see games out. This is a couple of time now where we’ve been caught out. It’s unfortunate, but it just seems to be where we are now. We deserved a lot better from the game, there’s no doubting that.’

The gaffer went on to say that the performance of the officials on the night left a lot to be desired, but the decisions were ‘inconsistent’ for both sides although comically he added.

‘At one stage he actually awarded us a throw in. Reading then took it and he let play go on.’

But on a more serious note he says he didn’t feel, espcially in the first half, that the referee was giving the necessary protection to our players with some of the challenges he let go and when he did call them, let go unpunished.

‘We’ve lost another three players with injury as well which is frustrating. Kevin McNaughton is clattered right in front of the linesman early on and play is waved on. The same happens on Zach later in the half. We’ll have to assess the injuries.’

As for the injuries with full assessments yet to take place, he did say that McNaughton looks to have a problem with his lower leg now, and Clough looks to have dislocated his shoulder. Wheater picked up a hamstring strain.

‘We shouldn’t get downbeat about things because our performances are improving. We’ll go away, assess where we are and look to our next period of fixtures.’

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