Date: 19th September 2007 at 5:56pm
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Kevin Doyle was left out of the Reading side for the Sunderland match last weekend, with Steve Coppell believing that he was too tired, and he needed a break.

Doyle obviously wanted to play, as he does every match but he understood the decision, “The gaffer said there was no point flogging a dead horse and I have played too many minutes – and to be fair the international games were on two of the heaviest pitches I have played on,” Doyle told the Reading Evening Post.

“He thought it was pointless taking me up to Sunderland when I looked shattered.

“I wanted to go and I told him, but he made his decision.

“Leroy Lita and Dave Kitson had been here all week and prepared properly and Shane Long was fresh.

“If I was the manager I would think along the same lines.

“As a player I wanted to play, but it probably was the right decision. I certainly hope it is.”

Doyle should now be well rested, having gone away for a break with his partner, so he will be looking to return to the starting line-up at the weekend against Wigan, as I would suspect he will.

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