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Clarke: We lacked killer touch

27 January 2015

Boss speaks after New Den draw

Royals manager Steve Clarke wanted more cutting edge from his team after they drew 0-0 away to Millwall.

Clarke's men had the majority of possession against the Lions, who went down to ten men just before half time, only for the dismissal to galvanise the home side's defensive resolve, and indeed their supporters.

Jordan Obita had probably our best opportunity just after the interval, but neither side could break the deadlock.

As a result Reading have now registered three wins, three draws and one defeat in the last seven games.

Clarke said, "We came here positive, we had good control in the first half, but then the sending off in a strange way focused the minds of Millwall. They knew second half they had to just come out and defend, and they did it well, I have to say.

"We weren't quite clinical enough and didn't create enough second half. We got in a lot of really good positions but didn't create enough to have a clear cut chance and force a goal.

"Jordan had probably the best chance and he chose to sidefoot, as a fullback myself I'd probably have just put my foot through it.

"Overall it was difficult, because like I said they defended well. We got into a lot of positions and put a lot of crosses in, Hooiveld and Dunne did really well. Hooiveld will be happy with his debut.

"We huffed and puffed but lacked a bit of quality, a killer instinct to get the goal we needed."

Sid Nelson was sent off for a late swipe at Michael Hector, and Clarke commented, "I've seen it again, I thought it was a bit reckless. The ref was closer than me and I can see why he gave it. In today's climate, you have to be careful how you tackle."
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We now approach this weekend's home fixture against Sheffield Wednesday, and Clarke said, "We're trying to build something, step by step, tonight the positive is a clean sheet, a point at a difficult place to come. If we can win on Saturday, it will become a good point."

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