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Reaction: 'Familiar feeling' after defeat

22 April 2015

Boss reflects on smash and grab defeat

Manager Steve Clarke was left with what he described as a familiar feeling after a late defeat to Birmingham.

The Royals had 65% possession and were on top for the majority of the game, only for Clayton Donaldson to head home in the 84th minute.

Steve told Sky Sports afterwards, "We dominated completely, there was one team trying to win and another who came for a point. They've managed to steal all three, and it's a familiar feeling. It's something we have to learn quickly.

"We went to sleep on a set play and it's cost us. The chances we created, possession, domination, it's another lesson for the players."

Asked about plusses on the night, he said, "It's difficult to look at positives when you lose, and I don't like to lose.

"Jack Stacey when he came on was bright, Jake Cooper excellent, and Michael Hector has been excellent for weeks.

"Jem Karacan got 90-odd minutes for the first time, there are little positives, but overall another defeat and another disappointment."

Adam Federici was backed by great support from the home fans, who came out in their numbers with Australian flags, and it was very much business as usual for the manager. He said, "Adam was always going to have a good game.

"He's a normally very solid, reliable, goalkeeper who made a couple of really good saves. Like I said to yourselves before the game, there were no doubts about him.

"Overall it was a good performance from the team, but no points. That's the reality."

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