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PLAYERS COMMENDED

18 March 2013

Shorey hails hard work

After a difficult week, the players deserve praise for their performance at Manchester United on Saturday.

It was a display that kept us in the game for the full 90 minutes - and but for the denial of a clear penalty we could well have taken a point against the leaders of the Barclays Premier League.

With managerial changes coming five days before a trip to Old Trafford, the players' performance showed their professionalism and respect for Eamonn Dolan, the club and supporters.

Defender Nicky Shorey said, "It's always tough coming here but I thought we gave a good account of ourselves.

"It wasn't easy after the week, what Brian did for this club was amazing. Credit to him and all I can say is even though I wasn't playing at the end of his reign I had that massive respect for him and that says everything about him. We were all disappointed, shocked, all of those emotions. And Gibbo, at a club like Reading, I came back after four years away and most of the staff are the same, that's the type of club it is. Good people, it's football and they'll be back in the game soon.

"Then we had a good training week with Eamonn and we're excited to work with him. It proved today, we gave a good account, some new ideas and we took them on board. The preparation from him was spot on, I've enjoyed working with him and all the lads will stay the same. This group always give 100% and I would argue with anyone who says anything but that.

"We looked a lot more solid, the way it felt was comfortable and poles apart from the cup game. They put us under a bit of pressure but we looked solid, knocked it about and controlled the game at times, which was pleasing."

Eamonn Dolan added, "For us to come and put a performance on like that, after a difficult week and with their relationship with Brian, it's a credit to the players and to all of the staff.

"We worked hard for four days on the way we wanted to play. We wanted a result but if we didn't get one we also didn't want to damage the goal difference too much which can often happen at Old Trafford. We didn't achieve the first objective but we did the second."

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