Coppell woe ahead of milestone

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Steve Coppell admits he will take charge of his 1,000th game in management worrying that Reading's promotion push is in danger of coming off the rails.

Coppell, who will reach that milestone at Doncaster on Tuesday, saw his side slump to a 1-0 home defeat by Ipswich, who have an outside chance of making the play-offs.

Coppell said: "I'm joining a very limited club and am proud to be doing so. I suppose I must have done something right but whatever I was doing right I'm not doing at the moment."

Jon Stead's spectacular overhead kick a minute into the second half gave Town a deserved victory and left third-placed Reading with only one win from their last eight games.

It was also the sixth game in a row they had fallen behind and they have scored just two goals in their last five home games.

"A manager's longevity depends on results so if I don't liven up I'm fully aware of the consequences," Coppell added.

"It's painful. I feel for the fans and I feel for the players because they are trying."

Ipswich have also been hampered by poor home form but manager Jim Magilton knows his players can compete with anyone in the Coca-Cola Championship as they had drawn at leaders Wolves in midweek.

He said: "We have gone to Molineux and the Madejski and taken four points so I can't praise my players enough for their commitment, work ethic, attitude and application to their roles.

"I'm very proud of them. They have been absolutely fantastic. We've still got a chance of making the play-offs."

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