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Posted on 5 January 2008  - 12:00

Reading boss Steve Coppell was more than happy to take our FA Cup third round tie back to the Madejski Stadium after it ended 2-2 at the Lane.

Reading boss Steve Coppell was more than happy to take our FA Cup third round tie back to the Madejski Stadium after it ended 2-2 at the Lane.

Stephen Hunt pounced on the loose ball after Paul Robinson saved Leroy Lita's shot in the 78th minute to earn Royals a replay.

Hunt had earlier delivered a free-kick that Robinson carried over his own line for 1-0 before Dimitar Berbatov struck twice - the second from the penalty spot - to put us 2-1 up.

We missed a hatful of chances both before and after Berbatov's double and were made to pay when Hunt struck.

Coppell said: "We got some lucky breaks but when we got a handle on the way we were playing, we made it difficult for them. It was never going to be easy for them.

"I thought we'd get a chance to snatch it and we got some good crosses in.

"But they are good players and for us to come back, they showed me in the best possible way - not through articles in the newspapers - that they have a commitment and want to play a full part in the season.

"In many ways you don't want another game but we are not going to be physically tested with the workload - it is well within us.

"An extra game is no big deal for us. We'll have to have a different game plan at home, we'll have to take the game to them more."