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Clarke: "We're a work in progress"

10 February 2015

Boss on Leeds defeat

Steve Clarke rightly described his Royals side as a work in progress following their 2-0 defeat to Leeds United on Tuesday evening.

The visiting Yorkshiremen brought an end to a promising run from Reading, who were looking for their third consecutive victory before goals from Luke Murphy and Sam Byram consigned them to defeat.

“It’s disappointing but we’ve had a good run. We’re a work in progress. Nobody was getting too carried away when we we’re getting good results and nobody is going to be too down,” Clarke told Reading FC Player.

“Credit to Leeds, they played well. It was a good away performance from them. It was a game where I felt, even before the game, the first goal would be crucial because that would open the game up a little bit.

“Unfortunately for us Leeds got the first goal with a great strike from distance, which has to be a good strike to beat Adam, and from there we huffed and puffed a little bit but couldn’t really create anything that was clear cut and got caught by the sucker punch for the second goal near the end.”

A packed fixture list means that the Scotsman’s side won’t have to wait long for potential redemption, with an FA Cup Fifth Round clash with Derby in store this weekend.

“The games come thick and fast. Sometimes that’s a good thing. I think the players, even in the short time I’ve spent with them after the game, they are looking forward to the next game already. We’re still trying to improve, and we’re still trying to make the team better, make the squad better and take Reading back up the league table. Tonight is a setback but as I’ve said before, we move on from it.”

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