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Posted on 29 December 2007  - 12:00

Juande Ramos took a pragmatic view of the 6-4 thriller against Reading on Saturday.

Juande Ramos took a pragmatic view of the 6-4 thriller against Reading on Saturday.

Ten goals went in but more importantly, three points were banked for the fourth time in five matches as we climbed up to 12th in the Barclays Premier League.

The scoring went as follows - 1-0, 1-1, 1-2, 2-2, 2-3, 3-3, 3-4, 4-4, 5-4 and finally 6-4 as we made it 11 goals in our last two games.

Dimitar Berbatov led the way with four goals - our first hat-trick since Jermain Defoe's treble against Southampton in December, 2004 - including three fine finishes, two into the top corner, another a volley with his back to goal. Steed Malbranque also found the top corner but argubly the most important goal was the fifth as Defoe followed in Robbie Keane's saved penalty to hand us back the lead.

"It was a strange match," said Head Coach Juande. "I was pleased with how we came back after going behind but there were errors that we need to correct for the future. It's not normal for the home team to concede four goals.

"It was 90 minutes of crazy football and very uncomfortable for me to experience that as a manager.

"There have been a couple of matches where we have been losing but the team always reacts well.

"At 4-4, when we scored the fifth and sixth, we were established up front and deserved to win. It was a great match for the fans to watch but it's not great for a manager to experience."