Reading v SAFC

Colback: Bitter pill to swallow

by Stuart Vose

Midfielder mulls over defeat in Berkshire.

Jack Colback admitted the timing of Reading's winning goal made the pain of defeat even worse as Sunderland went down to a late strike at the Madejski Stadium.

The winning goal was difficult to take, especially after we'd just had a couple of chances ourselves

- Jack Colback

Sunderland were on top going into the final stages following the introduction of debutant Danny Graham, who was denied a goal by a super stop from Adam Federici with the score at 1-1 and less than 10 minutes to play.

But Reading turned the immediate momentum on its head as Jimmy Kebe nodded home Ian Harte's dangerous free-kick late on to settle the contest in the home side's favour.

Colback, who started the game at left back before switching into a central midfield role at half time, said:

“The winning goal was difficult to take, especially after we'd just had a couple of chances ourselves.

“I don't think it was a great game. Reading are fighting for their lives and it was always going to be tough.

“We had some opportunities – Alfie [N'Diaye] went through on the keeper, who then made a good save on Danny – so to lose it after that was very disappointing.”

The hosts took the lead after seven minutes as Reading captain Jobi McAnuff teed up Kebe to drive home with his left foot.

Craig Gardner equalised from the penalty spot – his sixth goal of the season – before former Sunderland man Harte and the lively Kebe combined to leave Sunderland with nothing to show for their efforts.

Colback added: “Harte put dangerous balls in all day and he's been doing that for the last 10 or 15 years.

“We couldn't defend it and the guy got in there, which means we've come away with nothing when we certainly should have got something.”