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Taylor stresses importance of graft

4 December 2015

Defender discusses defeat to QPR

After a difficult run of results, including just one win in the last eight league fixtures, Royals full-back Andrew Taylor knows that continuing to work hard is the only way to turn form around.

Reading suffered a 1-0 defeat at Madejski Stadium at the hands of Queens Park Rangers, with Nedum Onuoha heading in the game’s only goal in the final minute.

“We’re having a bit of a sticky spell at the moment but we’ve all got to keep working hard – it’s a really important time for us,” said Taylor after the Thursday-evening defeat to QPR.

“Everybody goes through bad patches – we said when we went through a good spell that it’s how you deal with the bad patch of form that will determine our season.  We’ll work hard and hopefully we’ll put things right soon.”

The Reading left-back sees the Christmas period of fixtures as a good opportunity for Reading to turn their form around and is desperate to pick up three points as quickly as possible so the teams above do not pull away.

“We’ve got some good games coming up so if we can put a run together coming into the start of the New Year we will re-address where we are,” he continued.

“We will all be aware of the results elsewhere over this weekend after a disappointing night here; a few teams will be gaining a few points.  We know that’s how this league works though – we’ve got to keep our focus and confidence and go and get three points in the next game.”

The 29-year-old was disappointed with the result against QPR and felt the Royals could feel hard done by to have left empty-handed, and felt the home side created the better chances such as a sight on goal by Hal Robson-Kanu and Nick Blackman’s free-kick which hit the bar.

“Overall if anyone was going to win the game, I thought it was going to be us – we had the better chances, but unfortunately it was one of those games,” reflected Taylor.

“It was tight and closely fought match between two pretty solid teams, but at that stage of the game it’s important for us to see the game out – ideally we would have liked to win the game.  But if we had come away with a 0-0 and a clean sheet it would have been a stepping stone for us to build on.

“We were pretty solid throughout; they never looked like breaking us down from open play, and we’ve got to try and take as many positives as we can and take confidence into the next game.”

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