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“To give everything and get nothing is hard to take”

17 December 2015

Striker reflects on narrow defeat in Hull

Reading forward Nick Blackman put the finishing touch on one of the goals of the season – but ultimately it was only academic, as hosts Hull City stole a 2-1 victory with a 90th-minute goal at KC Stadium.

Blackman’s first-half goal – a fine strike after a couple of backheels from Matej Vydra and Oliver Norwood – was a sight to behold. But injuries to defensive trio Andrew Taylor, Anton Ferdinand took their toll and Abel Hernandez equalised on the hour; Jake Livermore fired in from close range to pinch a win on 90.

For the team, it was especially frustrating to have nothing to show for a team effort that was full of craft, energy and resolve.

“It’s a horrible feeling – it wasn’t a pleasant dressing room to be in after that,” Blackman explained. “The boys gave absolutely everything; to give everything and get nothing out of the game is hard to take.

“There are fantastic players in the squad and it’s good when it clicks. Hull have just come down from the Premier League and we gave them a great game in the first 45 minutes. In the second half the game changed; they pressed us a lot harder and we just couldn’t hang on.

“It is fantastic to be involved in this squad, with this calibre of players – it’s just been a difficult couple of weeks and we’ve got to keep putting in performances like that and keep the effort levels up. Eventually it has to change.

“The injuries didn’t help at all – we had three injuries and we ended the game with ten men. I thought Michael Hector was magnificent in the first half in that defensive midfield role – he really excelled in that – and then it became difficult. In the second half the backs were against the wall and it was a difficult half.

“We can take positives out of how we played and positives in how we set up – Martin Kuhl and Steven Reid set us up magnificently. And now we have to keep going.”

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