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Steve: Fans helped us home

29 December 2014

Boss highlights support late on

Manager Steve Clarke believes our supporters were key to helping us secure his first win as manager.

In the final stages of the match, our fans helped rally the team after a controversial Bradley Johnson goal got Norwich back in the game.

Clarke told Reading FC Player, "I think the fans realised we had an injustice, because we only had ten men on the pitch when they scored. It was a clear mistake.

"So when you have that sense of injustice, the fans got right behind the team and realised the players needed a bit of help. We felt a bit fragile having conceded a two-goal lead down at Brighton.

"It's not been an easy time for the supporters so I was delighted to win for them. We want to make them happy so we are very pleased and they went home having seen their team win, which is what we all strive for."

He continued, "Late on I thought the players managed the game better, I made three changes, every one of them contributed. The players did their jobs and we go home happy.

"The progression has been good: we lost the first game but then got a point, now all three. Four points from two difficult games over Christmas is good.

"Now we look to keep improving."

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