Darko Milanič reflects on 0-0 draw with Reading...
United head coach Darko Milanič admitted he was content to take a point from his first game in charge at Elland Road after a closely-fought 0-0 draw with Reading.
United did threaten through Alex Mowatt and second-half substitute Billy Sharp, but it was Nigel Adkins’ men who enjoyed the clearer sights of goal as Marco Silvestri was forced into a couple of smart saves.
Milanič felt there were signs of improvement from his opening game as head coach – Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Brentford – but says a draw was a fair reflection and a result which neither side could complain with.
"I think it was an extremely difficult game until the end," said the head coach.
"It was so open, I think that this result is okay for both teams. We didn’t deserve any more, I don’t think.
"But I have to say Reading were very good, very dynamic. They played a good game.
"I’m not happy but I am satisfied. I think that one point is okay."
Milanič also admitted he hopes to see an improvement in his side’s attacking play but did praise the impact of Sharp off the bench, who had United’s only effort on target.
"Where we must do better is in the last third. We had some good possibilities to go directly at goal but there was not enough," added Darko.
"We had a lot of possibilities to be dangerous but we were not good enough in the last third.
"He (Sharp) did very well. He had a chance to score and he brought a lot of energy to the game.
The 46-year-old now has his sights set on the Yorkshire derby with Sheffield Wednesday and is looking to take the positives into Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off at Elland Road.
"I think that we played a much better game than Saturday. The team was compact," insisted Milanič.
"The team was aggressive and played some parts of the first half very well - and in the second too.
"I think it will be another difficult game but different."