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Clarke: Players hurt by defeat

28 April 2015

Boss disappointed after loss to Millers

Reading boss Steve Clarke said his players were hurt by defeat at Rotherham.

The Millers took all three points to secure their Championship safety, and two goals in quick succession proved decisive.

Oliver Norwood scored late on, and we may have nicked a point but it was Rotherham who held firm to ensure victory.

Clarke told Reading FC Player, "It's a bit deja vu. It's disappointing and this is a team that has forgotten how to win and is in a difficult moment, but fortunately the end of the season is coming and we can look to address a few issues in the summer.

"Tonight was a different game to recent games, recently we have played really well and created lots of chances, but tonight we didn't create that much. We kept going, we managed to get a goal back near the end but like I say we didn't create much.

"It wasn't a great match to watch, it was two teams slugging it out in the first half and it couldn't have been a pretty game for the spectators.

"The crucial moment was always going to be the first goal, and that came about from a bad mistake from us, we allowed the ball to get into our box too easily and it was a soft goal to concede. Then we lost a second goal and that made it very difficult.

"We kept going until the end, you can't say that we gave up, we kept going and tried to make it difficult for Rotherham. We stuck on more forward players and created one or two half chances. Olly Norwood had a good shot for the goal, it was nice to see us scoring but it would be nice to see us score a couple at Derby and hopefully end with the season with a win.

"It's a big incentive for Derby. They're playing for a place in the play-offs and we are playing for pride. Our players are hurting in the dressing room, they are disappointed and in a really bad moment. They can't find a way to win for love nor money.

"My job is to try and pick their heads up, get their heads ready for Saturday and we'll go there and give it a go. "

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