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.

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.

"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.

"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.

"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."

The Royals pocketed another point towards their promotion bid but slipped further behind leaders Wolves following the goalless draw at Loftus Road.

Heidar Helguson missed a gilt-edged chance to put Rangers ahead when he nodded Lee Cook's cross wide early on.

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.

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.

Reading have hit 58 goals this season but have now been held to two goalless draws by QPR.

"It was a difficult pitch for either side to play on," added Coppell.

"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."

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.

"There are teams who are really putting on a surge," he said.

"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."

Rangers are now unbeaten in their last eight Championship games and remain within striking distance of the play-offs.

"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.

"It's not easy to play against a very compact, intelligent and clinical team.

"We needed to be strong and competitive and I felt we were. We controlled the rhythms of the game."

Source: Team_Talk

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