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"It's difficult to take"

22 August 2012

Guthrie on Chelsea defeat

Reading Football Club gave the Champions of Europe a real run for their money this evening.

"That's the least that we wanted to do," said Royals midfielder Danny Guthrie after an exhilirating encounter.

"Tonight we didn't want to come here and roll over, walk off the pitch with nothing to take from the game.

"And we've given Chelsea a right good game - we could have been 3-1 up at half-time and, on another day, we don't concede the equaliser and we go into the last ten minutes 2-1 up.

"But we've learned a bit about ourselves. We wanted to put them under pressure tonight and we certainly did that." 

Guthrie opened his Royals account with a free-kick that handed Reading a first half lead - a lead they were to cling on to until the final 20 minutes of the match.

But the midfield star came away from the game disappointed after letting a good position slip at Stamford Bridge.

"It's difficult to take. We've done so well for just over an hour. And we had shown good character to get ourselves in a good position.

"But I felt we sat back a bit in the first 20 mins of the second half and we conceded an unfortunate second goal.

"We still atacked though and got a few crosses into the box towards the end because we knew we had to score again. And we were right in it until the fourth one killed us at the end.

"The scoreline flatters them a bit, but we had to throw men forward so we were always open to being caught on the break.

"We're new to this division, so we have to learn.

"And the most important thing now is that we pick ourselves up, because we've got a big game at the weekend."

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