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Shaun reflects on defeat

21 December 2013

Cummings on Wigan defeat

Full back Shaun Cummings was disappointed with a second successive home defeat but positive about a second half performance that demonstrated what Nigel Adkins' side are clearly capable of.

"We're obviously all disappointed," he said after a 2-1 defeat to Wigan on Saturday afternoon. "We don't want to lose, especially being at home.

"It was a much better second half performance from the boys, but we just couldn't get that second goal which would have given us at least a draw and maybe given us enough to go on and win."

Two goals in two second half minutes gave Uwe Rosler's men a massive advantage at Madejski Stadium and Cummings said, "When you've conceded one, to concede another more or less straight away is so disappointing.

"We grafted hard to get back into the game, but we've just got to kick on and learn from this experience.

"The manager told us we could still get back into the game at half time, to keep playing our football and it would come...which it did.

"We know what our tactics are, we know how we want to play as a team. And when we do it well, as you saw in the second half, it works. 

"And when it works, everyone's happy. When it doesn't, everyone's on a downer."

The Royals now face two tough trips to high-flying Leicester City on Boxing Day and then Middlesbrough three days later, but Cummings is confident we can continue our impressive away performances at Nottingham Forest and Huddersfield over the festive spell.

"Our away performances have been good up until now, so we'll go to Leicester with confidence," he said. 

"We know they are a good team, they've always been in and around it, challenging for the play-off places if not the top two spots. But if we can beat the big teams in and around us, we'll give ourselves a chance.

"We showed what we are capable of in the second half this afternoon. We've got a strong squad and we'll look to pick up the points we need over this Christmas period. 

"We're in and around it. We're in the top six still going into Christmas and we're trying to push for the top two spots because we know our capabilities."

As for Shaun's Christmas plans, they are focused on one thing only. "My Christmas will be much better if we can get three points at Leicester on Boxing Day.

"We're used to the Christmas schedule as footballers, I've been doing it for a number of years now, so Christmas Day is like any other day now.

"Of course, I'll still get to see the family on Christmas morning, but then we've got a job to do."

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