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'I pick team' insists Ainsworth

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Queens Park Rangers caretaker manager Gareth Ainsworth insisted he chose the players who ended Reading's 100% home record with a 0-0 draw at the Madejski Stadium.

Iain Dowie was sacked as Hoops boss on Friday - allegedly over a clash on team selection with co-owner Flavio Briatore, the F1 motor racing mogul.

Ainsworth said: "There are discussions about the team and discussions about individual players. Flavio has put a lot of money in the club and he wants to know how his investments are going."

He added: "Already we have made a point that we are going to be meeting regularly, not just with Flavio but with the other people who have put their money in the club.

"I have the final input on who goes out there and talk my way through the meetings justifying every player. But with a performance like that the team picks itself, which is a great problem to have.

Neither side created many chances although Reading felt they should have had a penalty shortly after half-time when Noel Hunt's cross hit Gavin Mahon on an out-stretched arm.

Reading boss Steve Coppell was not too disappointed that his side had fallen further behind Birmingham and Wolves in the Championship table.

He said: "0-0 is not the end of the world. As people famously say, we can extract the positives. We tried to win the game.

"We can criticise some of the things we did but as long as I have that kind of effort every game I won't be too disappointed."

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Gareth Ainsworth
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