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Clarke pleased with Hillsborough dominance

19 August 2015

Royals boss refuses to dwell on disappointment of late leveller

"It was another very good performance," Royals boss Steve Clarke said after watching his first team put in a performance that certainly warranted their first league win of the season.

"I've just said to them at the end of the game, that if they perform like that we'll be at the right end of the table come May.

"The team looks good, the shape looks good, we bossed the game from almost start to finish. We were really unlucky. And I think the reaction from their coaching staff, saying they'd robbed us a little bit, tells you everything.

"We were solid at the back as a four. The midfield four in front of them were doing their jobs properly, denying the opposition space. The front two worked ever so hard tonight. This is the platform you need to win matches. And trust me the wins will come."

A handling mistake from goalkeeper Jonathan Bond handed Wednesday a last minute equaliser few believed they deserved, but Clarke was philosophical in is reaction to the error. "One mistake can punish you at any level," he said.

"It was a big mistake at the end that cost us three points. But over the course of the season, your goalkeeper will make mistakes. It has happened before, it will happen again. Goalkeepers will always make mistakes and normally, when they do, it leads to a goal or a big incident.

"Jonathan's a young boy, who has got to learn to get those mistakes out of his game. I'm sure that throughout this season, he'll make saves and win us games to earn those points back. This is the life of a goalkeeper.

"And there's no point looking back, saying 'what if'. If the performances were poor and we weren't doing enough in matches, I'd be worried. I'm not worried.

"I look at the team and I see a good team. I didn't always see that last season. They know what they're doing, they know what they're trying to do, we just need a little break - and if we get a break I think we can go on a good winning run.

"Every match we've played this season, we've played well. We're not getting the rub of the green at the moment. But if that performance level stays the same we'll start to pick up the three points rather than the one."

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