Crystal Palace twice blew the lead in a 3-3 thriller against Reading but boss Dougie Freedman was happy to come away with a point.

The relegation-threatened Eagles were 2-0 up through Darren Ambrose and Neil Danns before Reading hit back via Shane Long's penalty. After Ambrose had seen a penalty saved by Alex McCarthy, Jimmy Kebe crashed in an equaliser for Reading. Substitute Jermaine Easter fired Palace back in front but Noel Hunt's header secured a point for the play-off chasing Royals.

But Freedman said: "In a strange way I'm not frustrated because a point is a real plus for us against a really good, high-energy team."

He added: "What pleases me is even though we missed a penalty, then it goes back to 2-2, we are still fighting.

"A point will do. I felt we deserved a point because we showed great spirit, we've slugged it out with a great team and matched them, and if we'd kept that third goal out of our net would have been a great win.

"It's a point gained on the teams below us but I'm not looking back, I'm looking forward at the teams we can catch."

Reading manager Brian McDermott looked on the thrilling draw at lowly Palace as a point gained.

"We didn't get out of the blocks at all," admitted McDermott. "But to come back from 2-0 down and again from 3-2 down, it is definitely a point gained.

"I thought we showed real desire to get back into the game. I'm sure it was a great game for the fans and the neutrals."

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