Skip to main content Skip to site footer
Club News

Reaction: Clarke satisfied with Thai draw

8 July 2015

Boss reflects on 2-2 draw

Steve Clarke declared himself satisfied after seeing his team earn a 2-2 draw with a good performance in a sweltering Bangkok on Wednesday evening.

Reading settled well into the difficult conditions, and it was a very honourable draw. Nick Blackman and Pavel Pogrebnyak scored with tidy goals, laid on by youngsters Tariqe Fosu and Dominic Samuel.

Steve told a post-match press conference, "It was a good exercise.

"The opposition started very quickly but we stayed in the game, started to grow into the match. No injuries from the match which is a big bonus, and a draw was fair. Everyone goes home with a smile on their face.

"The opposition were very good, which was not a surprise! We knew they were a good team, we expected a difficult game and that's what we got."

The boss only made two changes at half time, and naturally the remaining nine players will benefit from extended playing time.

Steve said, "For us, the first 15 minutes of the second half was a fitness exercise. Nine of the eleven players stayed on, I'd taken Danny Williams off as a precaution and changed the goalkeeper as well.

"So for other nine they were fatigued, of course, so it was a physical exercise. After we started to change the team again, it was a good performance.

"It was a shame we lost the goal on half time, it was a combination of things, maybe a little tiredness. Olly tried a pass, maybe he would have been better keeping possession, and then young Niall dived in to give away a free kick. I knew they would have a specialist, and that's how it turned out, great finish.

"But Pavel scored, and Nick Blackman also got one, he put a tremendous shift in."

Overall, the match and the days spent in Bangkok have been very useful indeed. "When you look at the performance of the Thai team, it was excellent. I love the quick play, lots of good players. If they continue to progress, it's a matter of time before they spread out to Europe.

"As well as coming here to showcase the club, it's also an opportunity for warm weather training. The people have been fantastic, and for the players it's a strong physical week. We will get the benefit of that in the UK, so the trip is a good idea."

Advertisement block