Coppell planing to dodge raiders

31 January 2009 10:22
Royals midfielders Stephen Hunt and James Harper have been linked with moves to the top flight before the transfer window shuts on Monday.[LNB]But the likes of Middlesbrough, Tottenham, Fulham and Wigan will find it hard get hold of Coppell, who is no fan of the January window.[LNB]"I'm going to be in the pub on Sunday, and it's in an area where you can't get any phone reception, so I don't expect a great deal happening," he said.[LNB]"But if anyone goes then we will deal with it. If it happens, it happens. I said last week we'd be reactive rather than pro-active but if anything happens now it gives us little or no time to do something about it.[LNB]"It seems crazy to have to wait until Monday when this is the last day of the month. And then we have this shambolic emergency loan system. The whole thing is a pretence."[LNB]The Royals pocketed another point towards their promotion bid but slipped further behind leaders Wolves following the goalless draw at Loftus Road.[LNB]Heidar Helguson missed a gilt-edged chance to put Rangers ahead when he nodded Lee Cook's cross wide early on.[LNB]Rangers goalkeeper Lee Camp thwarted Reading's best efforts, denying Kalifa Cisse and Leroy Lita either side of the interval, while the Royals' players felt they should have had a penalty when Hunt went down under a challenge from Gavin Mahon.[LNB]The hosts have promotion ambitions of their own but both sides gave the distinct impression they would settle for a point which made for disappointing fare for the 17,120 crowd - Rangers' biggest of the season.[LNB]Reading have hit 58 goals this season but have now been held to two goalless draws by QPR.[LNB]"It was a difficult pitch for either side to play on," added Coppell.[LNB]"All told I would say we edged it, but not by much. There was a terrific work-rate from both teams and it was a shame there wasn't goals in it somewhere."[LNB]Wolves, Reading and Birmingham look to be fighting for the two automatic promotion spots but Coppell believes QPR, among others, could yet have a say at the top.[LNB]"There are teams who are really putting on a surge," he said.[LNB]"QPR, the two Welsh teams, Burnley are there or thereabouts and Sheffield United as well. There is a little group who, if they maintain their surge will be definitely be a factor in things."[LNB]Rangers are now unbeaten in their last eight Championship games and remain within striking distance of the play-offs.[LNB]"I'm never happy with one point, I always want three, but I'm happy with the performance of my team," said boss Paulo Sousa.[LNB]"It's not easy to play against a very compact, intelligent and clinical team.[LNB]"We needed to be strong and competitive and I felt we were. We controlled the rhythms of the game."[LNB][LNB]

Source: Team_Talk


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