TOM Flanagan believes that Burton Albion deserved their win over Reading at the Madejski Stadium.
The Brewers were the perpetual ‘party crashers’ as goals from Flanagan and Tom Naylor handed Burton a 2-1 victory on the day that the Madejski Stadium celebrated its 500th game.
The opening goal, Flanagan’s first for the club, came just minutes before half-time as Burton made a promising first-half performance count. The Northern Ireland international was pleased with the way that the Brewers played and believes that Reading cannot feel hard-done-by in defeat.
He said: “Away from home, we are so solid and I think they (Reading) played a little bit into our hands. We were unlucky with the goal (that we conceded), we have been talking about getting a little bit of luck, and with (Tom Naylor) there, we did.
“I think that we deserved three points, we would have been very disappointed with taking a draw away. It has come at a great time and it sets us up nicely for the rest of the Christmas period.”
Flanagan feels that Burton’s pressing caused Reading a lot of problems during the game, despite the hosts’ attractive style of football.
He said: “I think that Reading have so many talented players in the middle third of the pitch that when teams squeeze them really tight (passing between the centre-halves) is their only pass.
“I don’t think that they play into Kermorgant’s strengths enough, but I think the way that they play is a nice, attractive style of football, but I think that people have done their homework on them, because they are not too different from last season.”