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Cox: "Disappointing result for everybody"

6 October 2014

Striker reacts to Brentford defeat

Saturday's goalscorer Simon Cox fronted up quickly to Saturday's defeat to Brentford at Griffin Park.

After two sloppy first half goals gave the Royals an uphill task that they struggled to overcome, the frontman expressed his frustration at the result.

"It's a disappointing result for everybody. These are the games we want to win and the games we expect to be winning," said the 27-year-old.

"We came out in the second half and we knew the next goal would be crucial. We got it, we thought if we could keep it tight until the end of the game we could go a bit gung ho but it wasn't to be and we got caught with a sucker punch at the end. We made mistakes for the goals but we have young players who deserve their chance, because they are good young players - and they will learn from that."

One positive from the afternoon was Cox's second half goal after coming off the bench - and the Academy product admitted he was glad to hit the ground running in a Reading shirt. Chances to add to his goal tally will also surely be aided by the return of Garath McCleary later this year, and Simon was asked about the winger's recent contract extension.

"I feel like since I've come back I've started quite well - five goals and a couple of assists, it's not gone too bad. In terms of Garath - I played against him a couple of times when I was at Forest, it's good to see people like him getting rewarded for the kind of player that he is - and an exciting player to come back into the team. He'll give us that little bit extra."

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