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Captain displeased with Pompey performance

Captain displeased with Pompey performance

Reading captain Jobi McAnuff was not happy with the Royals' performance against Portsmouth last night, claiming they didn't deserve anything from the game.

A Dave Kitson winner inflicted Reading's first loss of the season, while Portsmouth got their first 3 points on the board.

McAnuff told BBC Berkshire: 'It was tough. We didn't play well, particularly in the first half, and we didn't deserve anything,'

The 29-year old went onto add: 'We didn't have that spark about us that we did on Saturday [2-0 victory over Leicester] which was disappointing.'

Royals boss Brian McDermott also wasn't particularly impressed with the performance. 'In the second half we lost a bad goal from our point of view,' said the Reading manager. 'We kept going and we could have nicked a draw.'

He was also disappointed with a refereeing decision that didn't go Reading's way, when replays clearly showed the ball touched Jason Pearce's outstretched arm in the penalty box.

'We had a penalty shout at the end when he handballed it. It's never easy to come to Portsmouth and get a win. It was two honest teams having a go at each other.'

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Date:Wednesday August 17 2011
Time: 3:02PM

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