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Clarke on Chalobah & tactics

26 January 2015

Boss on midfielder's debut

Manager Steve Clarke was happy to see debutant Nathanial Chalobah grow in stature during his Reading debut.

Almost nine months had passed since Nathaniel last started a first team game, but he completed the full 90 minutes away at Cardiff and helped us pick up an impressive comeback win.

Like the team, Chalobah’s best moments came after the interval and Clarke said, “He's got lots of good qualities, I think he can bring a lot to the squad. He can help the team going forward, and second half his performance was very good.

“He gave us a lot of protection in front of the defence, he started a lot of the moves forward with crisp, incisive, clever passing. That's what we're looking for.

“It's his first 90 minutes, his first start for some time. With three good passers in midfield we thought we could cause them a problem, second half we were much better.”

The boss made a slight formation change at half time which paid real dividends, and he was pleased with both the change in tactics and in mentality.

He said, “I thought we let ourselves down badly in the first half, we tweaked the system at half time but more than that the mentality changed and we deserved to win.

“We tinkered with the shape of the midfield and got Nick Blackman a bit further forward in connection with Pogrebnyak, and it seemed to work better for us. But the biggest change was being on the front foot, we expressed ourselves, showed confidence and passed the ball the way I thought we would from the off."

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