Reading manager Jaap Stam had a message for the Leeds United fans after bottles were thrown onto the field during the Royals’ 1-0 win at the Madejski Stadium.
Stam’s men won courtesy of a stunning Yann Kermorgant strike midway through the first half, a result which leapfrogs them above Garry Monk’s side into fourth in the Championship table, and seven points clear of Sheffield Wednesday in seventh with just seven games to go.
However, there was much talk about the bottles that were thrown on the pitch from the Leeds end in the second half, and Stam had a message to those supporters in his post-match press conference.
He said: ‘If the opposition are going for the win and their own fans are throwing bottles on the pitch, I think the referee needs to take some time off, and not think ‘I’m stopping the game and I’m adding an extra minute or whatever’.’
‘It’s the opposition, they’re behind, they need to score goals and their own fans are giving problems to their game.
‘I think the referee should say ‘ok I’m not going to add extra time for this’.’
Defeat for Leeds was their first since their 2-0 home defeat to Cardiff on February 11, and leaves them five points clear of sixth place Fulham, who are a further point clear of Carlos Carvalhal’s Sheffield Wednesday in seventh.
Monk’s men will look to get back to winning ways when they travel to 12th place Brentford on Tuesday night, while Reading will look to back up their win against relegation-threatened Blackburn Rovers at the Madejski Stadium, also on Tuesday.