We threw it away, says Di Matteo as West Brom crash out of FA Cup
West Bromwich Albion boss Roberto Di Matteo could not hide his disappointment at bowing out of the FA Cup at home to Reading.
Albion were twice in front only to lose 3-2 as Reading grabbed an extra time winner.
"I'm destroyed," Di Matteo said. "We were in the driving seat and it wasn't a dangerous situation (Reading's late equaliser). We just needed to clear the ball.
"We put a lot of effort in and we worked very hard to win the game, then we come away with nothing.
"We just didn't defend the second and third goals, we gave them gifts to win the game.
"We threw it away."
Robert Koren set the wheels in motion by putting Albion into a sixth-minute lead, before Jimmy Kebe equalised for Reading just three minutes later in a blistering start to the encounter.
Koren grabbed his second immediately after the restart thanks to a horrible mistake from Royals keeper Adam Federici, who allowed the midfielder's shot to squirm under his body and over the line.
The gaffe looked destined to settle the tie until the third of four scheduled minutes of injury time when Brian Howard found the net to send the visiting support into raptures and the encounter into extra time.
And there was more misery for the home faithful when Gylfi Sigurdsson curled a 95th-minute winner into the top corner from 25 yards to settle a remarkable cup tie in fitting circumstances.
But the controversy did not end there as a post-match brawl brought an unsavoury end to the night, with Royals winger Jobi McAnuff seeing red for his involvement in an incident with Albion midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu.
Albion must now turn their focus back to securing promotion from the Coca-Cola Championship, and Di Matteo added: "We have to pick ourselves up to get going again on Saturday."