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“The little things cost us”

19 August 2013

McCarthy's Watford reaction

Alex McCarthy has admitted that the Royals let a fantastic first half performance slip as Watford fought back to grab a point from Madejski Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Nigel Adkins’ men were in control with a two goal lead at half time, but saw a dramatic late equaliser snatch away a potentially impressive victory. 

“The first half the boys were terrific, going forward we looked really strong,” said the 23-year-old.

“Obviously everyone is disappointed, in the second half we were lacking and just weren’t doing the little things, which cost us the game. Now we sit down on Monday and go through the game – there are a lot of positives and hopefully we’ll take them into Blackpool. To come away unbeaten in our first three games is a good start, the Championship is an unbelievably hard division to come out of.”

From a personal point of view Reading’s Academy product could certainly hold his head high following the weekend’s game, pulling off a number of trademark saves – including a fantastic reflex stop to deny Troy Deeney from close range. Performances like that will surely continue to keep him in contention for another England call up.

“All I can do is keep playing as well as I can and keep in their minds – hopefully before the end of the season I’ll be picked again. I was happy with my personal performance, but as I said before just disappointed not to win.” 

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