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Karacan: We have to do better

29 April 2015

Skipper reflects on Rotherham result

“We’ve played in the Championship for a long time now and this isn’t good enough. This club deserves better.” That was the honest assessment of Jem Karacan following last night’s defeat to Rotherham United.

After a goalless opening period, two quick-fire strikes from Matt Derbyshire and Lee Frecklington saw the hosts establish a 2-0 lead, which proved enough to secure their league status.

Although an impressive long-range effort from Oliver Norwood pulled one back late on, the Royals could not force an equaliser.

And Karacan, who completed his second 90 minutes in seven days following his long-term knee injury, was left thoroughly disappointed.

The club captain said: “You’re out there on the pitch and you concede a goal, and it kills you because we know that we have to do better. We have to look in the mirror at ourselves; we’re not performing well enough.

“We have to look at ourselves. We need to cut out our mistakes and be more ruthless at the other end of the pitch. It’s so frustrating and I don’t know how many times I’ve had to say it, but a lapse of concentration has cost us two goals and we’ve shot ourselves in the foot.

“There is no-one to blame apart for the boys that are on the pitch. All we can do now is show some pride and go out on to the pitch. We need to show that and perform well for the shirt; have pride in it.

“Since I’ve been at this club, we haven’t been in a position like where we are now. It’s killing me being out there and being in the position that we are in. It isn’t right. I feel disappointed for all of the fans and can only apologise.

“We haven’t created enough chances for our goalscorers to score goals and we haven’t defended well enough to stop them going in, this season. We went up a couple of seasons ago, not through scoring loads, but by keeping them out at the back and we need to sort it out.”

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