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Mixed Feelings For Clarke After Albion Draw

Steve Clarke was happy to earn his first point as Reading boss but rueful of some sloppy play which allowed Brighton to sneak a draw at the AMEX.

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Speaking to the Reading Official Website after the game, Clarke spoke of his pleasure at a first-half display that saw Reading take a 2-0 lead.

"We had a great start, came quickly out of the blocks and got ourselves in front. We started the game really well and were in total control. It was disappointing to concede from a long throw, we knew it was coming but we didn't deal with the first one very well; we panicked a bit. Obviously games change on momentum and the goal just before half time gave Brighton something to come and attack after the break. '

Elsewhere the new Reading boss wasn't happy with the ball retention in the second period.

"We probably sat a little bit too deep, tried to defend and didn't use the ball well enough in the second half. If we had, then I think we could've scored a third. We didn't and we got punished for it

Clarke also took the time to Praise Adam Federici for his performance, while also paying tribute to Brighton, telling Get Reading.

'Credit to Brighton. They're down there (in the league table) and fighting hard, and managed to dig out a goal at the end to get a point."

We'll have a full report up from the AMEX a little later on today right here on The Tilehurst End.