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Fletcher: Reading were on the front foot

22 October 2014

View from the opposition

AFC Bournemouth legend Steve Fletcher admitted things could have been different following his side's 3-0 win at the Goldsands Stadium on Tuesday.

Their former striker saw the Royals edge out the Cherries for much of the first half - only for a 15-minute second half spell to put the game well out of the visitors' reach.

"In the first half Reading were the better team, they came out and they were very much on the front foot," said Fletcher.

"People were saying we weren't at the races but they didn't give us a minute's rest, they forced us into errors, set out their stall and made it very difficult for us. They've hit the post too and if that goes in it's a very different game.

"We came out in the second half and started well. A goal helps, it changes the whole complexion of the game. The second goal is then the killer and at 2-0 the game is probably over in the space of six or seven minutes. Reading were shading it and then ten minutes into the second half it's all over.

"At 2-0 down you have to chase the game and you have no choice but to leave gaps. There have been individual errors for goals and it's difficult to account for that. As a team it's something you can work on at the training ground, as an individual it's difficult to rectify."

After a frustrating run of form for Nigel Adkins' men, Bournemouth legend Fletcher believes his own side are proof that things can turn around quickly in English football's second tier.

He told BBC Radio Berkshire, "We're pushing along nicely, we had a bit of a lull ourselves recently but we've won three on the bounce and that's how tight this league is - it's pushing us right up. In the blink of an eye things can change rapidly and you can find yourselves on the back foot."

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