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Vito Mannone boasts Reading could have beaten Leeds by 'two or three'

Vito Mannone of Sunderland celebrates as his team draw level for the second time during the Premier League match between Sunderland and Liverpool at Stadium of Light on January 2, 2017 in...

Reading beat Leeds 1-0 at the weekend.

Vito Mannone of Sunderland celebrates as his team draw level for the second time during the Premier League match between Sunderland and Liverpool at Stadium of Light on January 2, 2017 in...

Reading goalkeeper Vito Mannone has told the club's official website that they could have beaten Leeds United by a higher margin.

The Royals secured a much needed 1-0 win over Leeds at Elland Road on Saturday, with the Italian saving a last minute penalty to deny Leeds a draw.

Jaap Stam, manager of Reading looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Reading and Norwich City at Madejski Stadium on September 30, 2017 in Reading, England.

This left Leeds aggrieved they could not manage a draw, but Mannone believes Reading should have won comfortably anyway.

Mannone said: "Leeds have an energetic team and I thought we frustrated them for most of the game. When we had the ball we played well and created chances.

"If we had taken the chances we could have been two or three up, but their goalkeeper made some good saves.

“In general, we didn’t deserve to come out with just one point. Thankfully we stood up until the end and kept working together."

Vito Mannone of Sunderland celebrates as his team draw level for the second time during the Premier League match between Sunderland and Liverpool at Stadium of Light on January 2, 2017 in...

Leeds had switched goalkeepers themselves, dropping Felix Wiedwald for veteran Andy Lonergan after the German's slide in form before the international break.

He was beaten by former Whites loanee Mo Barrow for the winning goal.

Reading's win still sees them only in 20th place in the table, while Leeds slip down slightly to sixth place, but still well positioned to stay in the promotion mix.

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