Rodgers enjoys breakthrough win

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Reading manager Brendan Rodgers watched his side claim their first home win since January by beating Blackpool 2-1 and then proclaimed it was like "winning the World Cup".

The Royals had not tasted success at the Madjeski Stadium since January 27 while Rodgers had seen his side come up short on eight occasions at home since taking over in the summer. But second-half strikes from Gylfi Sigardsson and substitute Grzegorz Rasiak, either side of Brett Ormerod's equaliser, finally gave the Scottish boss reason to smile.

"That was thoroughly deserved. We had a terrific start and hopefully people can see the growth and development in the squad. That's seven points from the last nine," Rodgers said.

"I am a slow starter, but the last three games have shown that the performance and results are improving.

"It's a big credit to the players who have been carrying the burden of the home run but still kept playing with confidence.

"I got drenched going in to the middle of the pitch to applaud the supporters at the end but I would have slid there on my knees if I could have done."

Blackpool boss Ian Holloway admitted the hosts had been good value for their win.

"I was very disappointed. I think my goalkeeper was too busy for my liking," he said. "I think Reading played better than us and their wide men were a handful.

"The reports we had suggested they shouldn't be down where they are. I expected them to play a 4-4-2 and I was surprised when they lined up with one in front.

"They changed to cope with us, which was a tribute to us. Last year we used to grind out results but this year we are trying to play attractive football."

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