Wigan Athletic striker Marcus Bent admitted after the draw with Tottenham that he should have scored the goal that would have finally ended the Latics' lingering relegation worries.
The 29-year-old, on a season-long loan deal at the JJB Stadium from Charlton Athletic, hit the bar when he should have scored and the match ultimately finished 1-1.
The result leaves Steve Bruce's side five points above the drop-zone with three matches left, and Bent said: "We probably would have beaten Spurs and taken all three points had I scored but it wasn't to be.
"Winning would have made things easier for us and we certainly had our chances. I'm fairly happy with my own game and we certainly showed character.
"A point was good for us though because we competed and passed it around well enough. But I'm disappointed not to have secured all three points for us."
Republic of Ireland international Kevin Kilbane added: "We want things done and dusted as soon as possible.
"I've said all along we want to be safe before we play United, but Bolton's win at Middlesbrough has put the cat back among the pigeons and we are not safe just yet.
"The Reading game is going to be of huge significance and we have to make the most of home advantage. We have to view the Spurs game as a point gained.
"We didn't start well but we came back strongly. We have a good bond at this club and we can look forward to a good week's training in readiness for Reading's visit."