Cole brands Reading clash ‘World War Three’

Cole said: “It was like being in the middle of World War Three out there.

“It’s an amazing feeling when you come through a match like this because it seems like you’ve won a war.

“We knew it was going to be a battle because this is a horrible place for any team who wants to get the ball down and play.

“Players like JT love games like this because they can show their fighting qualities. But Barcelona and Reading will be like chalk and cheese.

“I don’t want to comment on Hunt’s challenge. I just hope one or both of our keepers will be back soon. It was a strange, strange game.

“When Petr came off I said I’d have to go in goal if Carlo also got injured. But I don’t think they were too keen to put me between the sticks.

“I’ve messed about in goal in training but JT is much better than me.

“I didn’t think they’d want to put a central defender in goal for the last two minutes.”