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Mackie: "Exactly what we needed!"

25 October 2014

Forward thrilled with 3-0 victory

Royals forward Jamie Mackie put in a man of the match-winning performance in this afternoon's 3-0 win over Blackpool, creating the decisive second goal and working tirelessly top win and keep possession for Nigel Adkins' men.

And he was thrilled that all his hard work had proved fruitful, saying "It was a great result! Exactly what we needed!"

"If we'd won 1-0, kept a clean sheet and taken the three points, we would have taken that - but to get three and win emphatically in the end, it's a great result. But we know that we need to build on it now.

The victory brought to an end a winless run that was starting to frustrate the Royals players and Mackie was happy to play a part in stopping the rot today.

"I don't think there has been too much wrong in general," he said. "We've conceded goals as a team that we shouldn't have but we have pulled together as a group and taken a good look at ourselves.

"There are a lot of lows in football, I've been there many times before. But it's so early in the season still, you can't get too low when you've got quality players out on the pitch and quality players waiting to come back from injury.

"We know that if we could cut those mistakes out, that we're a really good side with exciting players and who look good going foward.

"But the clean sheet was the most important thing today - and it's quite rare that you'll hear an attacking player say that after a 3-0 win!

"We've got enough to score goals at the other end, so clean sheets will really carry us forward. If you look at any successful side in the Champoionship, trying to get themselves up at the right end of the league, it's based on clean sheets."

A win over rock bottom Blackpool was never going to be easy though and Mackie explained why..."Fixtures can be funny and so often they work against you. But today we got handed a team who were probably quite low on confidence down at the bottom of the league - albeit with some good attacking players who can really open you up.

"In the Championship you can't take your foot off the gas, you have to be at 100% and we haven't been in great form so this one was always going to be a challenge.

"And playing a team at the bottom of the table can present even more pressure, because people expect you to win comfortably.

"But that's exactly what we've done today and now we can move on and go into the Blackburn game with plenty of confidence."

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