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Clarke: “We just needed a goal”

22 August 2015

Royals boss confident 'we're doing a lot right'

Royals boss Steve Clarke summed up today's goalless draw in simple terms, saying "Another point. Another clean sheet. Another solid performance. We just need a goal."

The home side totally bossed the game once again, with MK Dons barely getting a glimpse of Jonathan Bond's goal but the Royals couldn't get the goal which would have handed them the win they deserved.

"We dominated. We have dominated in pretty much every game we've played this year," Clarke continued.

"We had a couple of big chances in the first half, if we get in front then MK Dons have to come out and play a little bit more and I'm sure we would have won this game.

"There were one or two incidents in the box, one where it looked like McShane was being manhandled - their defender jumped into McShane not looking to head the ball, which has caused him to head over the bar. Another day, it's a penalty. Today it wasn't.

"So we were just missing that goal. It's not chance after chance after chance, but when we create a chance its normally a good one. We are being creative - today we must have had at least 20 shots on goal and we must be up towards that level in every game.

"So we're getting the shots away, we just need a little break. That's how we feel as a team. I would have taken an ugly win today. I said that in my teamtalk today. If we play fantastic and win, great. But we just wanted the win.

"So it's frustrating for everybody because we know we're a good team. We play like a good team, we shape up like a good team, the performance levels and attitude of the players can't be questioned - we got back at almost 4am after the Sheffield Wednesday game in midweek and yet we've gone out today and controlled the game from start to finish again.

"As I said, this is a good team. We're missing a few goals just now, but the goals will come. If we can keep that level of performance, we'll win more than we lose."

A trip to Portmsouth in midweek awaits as the Royals look to build another cup run at Fratton Park, before a trip to Brentford ends August's action next weekend.

"Out next league game is away at Brentford and I'm a little bit concerned about their pitch because it's only just being relaid. But we will go there in a positive frame of mind.

"We're honest. We know we need more points. But if we can keep this level of performance, those points will come. There is no doubt in my mind that if we can keep this group together and maybe add one or two more, then this group will be challenging in the top half of the table.

"As a group we're doing a hell of a lot right. This is a good team, anybody will tell you that. So we have a chance."

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