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Clarke: There were good signs

4 April 2015

Boss reflects on 1-1 draw

Royals boss Steve Clarke took the positives from his team's performance after they drew 1-1 at home to Cardiff.

We were pegged back late on after Conor McAleny's 90th equaliser, some 86 minutes after Pavel Pogrebnyak had opened the scoring.

Reading created a number of opportunities and looked set for a deserved three points, only to see McAleny produce an excellent finish.

Clarke told Reading FC Player, "Decent performance, I thought it was a game we should have had won.

"You can get punished in the last few minutes when it's 1-0. There's always a risk that a ball in the box can fall to opposition, and that's what happened.

"But I thought today there were some good signs."

He continued, "We created a lot, especially in the second half. We were more on the front foot, and should have killed the game off. Eventually that's punished us but we take the positives from the game."

Nathan Ake came in for a good debut in midfield, and the boss commented, "It's good to see him play in there, it's a position he's comfortable with, I thought we had good control in the middle of the park, I will also mention Hope who I thought was very good as well.

"We were well balanced, we're a little disappointed we allowed the three points to slip away but we've got another one to the total."

New loan frontman Kwesi Appiah came off the bench and could have had a debut goal, stretching the City defence with his forward-thinking style. "He showed a little bit of what he can do, I think he had three really good chances in a little cameo, he showed he can be a real threat."

The Royals now go to Blackpool on Tuesday night, and the boss said, "They come thick and fast but we're used to it. We know how to prepare and we'll be ready."

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