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Reading 'to get revenge on Coyle'

Mick Gooding
Gooding was player-manager of Reading at Wembley in 1995

Former Reading manager Mick Gooding believes the Royals are good enough to beat Burnley in the play-offs and settle an old score with Owen Coyle.

Gooding was in charge when they lost the 1995 play-off final 4-3 to Bolton, with Coyle, now the Clarets manager, scoring a crucial goal.

Now a BBC Berkshire pundit, Gooding said: "Reading owe Owen Coyle a little bit of payback.

"I'm optimistic Reading can go up there and get a decent result."

Reading have not won at home since January but are unbeaten in their last nine matches away from home.

Gooding added the form makes a positive result at Turf Moor all the more important.

It's exciting - that's what the play-offs were brought in for - and hopefully they can go to Wembley and go one better than we did in 1995 and get to the Premier League

Mick Gooding

"Going back to when we got to the play-off final in 1995, we played one of our best games away at Tranmere and brought a 3-1 win back to Elm Park which was then a dull 0-0," he said.

"With Reading's current home form you think they might have to get the result up at Turf Moor.

"The Reading players have done really well away from home, but for whatever reason, they just can't seem to get a result at home when it really matters."

It is one win each from the regular season, with Reading winning 3-1 at home but losing 1-0 at Turf Moor.

But Gooding said not too much should be read into the away defeat.

"Reading played really well up at Burnley. I know they lost, but their keeper [Brian Jensen] had a game which he probably won't have again in his career," he said.

"He stopped everything that night and Reading felt aggrieved that they didn't come away with anything, let alone the three points. It'll be tough for them but their away form suggests they can get a good result."

But Gooding warned that, as he found out, luck plays a large part in play-off football.

"It's like a toss of a coin - whoever performs on the day - and hopefully Reading can go with their away form, put in a solid performance, get a really positive result, because anything can happen at the Mad Stad on Tuesday.

"It's exciting - that's what the play-offs were brought in for - and hopefully they can go to Wembley and go one better than we did in 1995 and get to the Premier League."

Burnley v Reading kicks off at 1720 BST on Saturday, 9 May and is live on BBC Radio Berkshire.



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