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Norwood: We handled the conditions better after the break

8 April 2015

Midfielder on Blackpool draw

Oliver Norwood was pleased with the way that the Royals negotiated Blackpool’s pitch in the second half of last night’s 1-1 draw, though he was frustrated that they were not able to pick up a victory.

Jamie O’Hara’s penalty put the Seasiders in front before substitute Pavel Pogrebnyak played a key role in Reading’s leveller, which was credited as an own goal, just moments into the second period.

Norwood said: “It was difficult; a difficult surface but second half we handled it a lot better than we did in the first half. It’s disappointing, though, because we should be coming here and looking to take all three points.

“It was never going to be a pretty game but I felt we played the conditions fairly well. There are still a few games to play, a lot of points to play for and we want to finish the season as strongly as we can.

“We’ve still got the FA Cup but there are a couple of league games to worry about before we play Arsenal. We can’t get ahead of ourselves. We’ve got to make sure that we keep concentrating on the league before then.

“The threat of relegation isn’t over until it’s mathematically over, and we’ve got to make sure that we get as many points as we can so that we go in to pre-season looking to have a really good season next year.”

Saturday’s opponents Blackburn Rovers host Liverpool in an FA Cup Quarter-Final replay tonight, but Norwood does not believe that it will have any bearing on the weekend’s game.

“The adrenaline will get them through, I’m sure,” said the midfielder. “They’ve got a massive game against Liverpool but we can only concentrate on ourselves and affect what we can affect.”

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