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Clarke: We are not safe yet

23 March 2015

Boss reiterates need for more points

Manager Steve Clarke says the club cannot consider themselves safe from relegation until we have more points on the board.

The Royals moved down to 19th on Saturday after a 3-2 defeat at Charlton, and we are nine points above the relegation zone, albeit with a game in hand.

Speaking to the BBC after Saturday's defeat, the boss said, "We need to win a few games.

"We've got eight games left, we need [at least] two or three wins.

"We need to stop the rot, get up the table, then we need to look forward to changing a few things, refreshing a few things and being better next season."

Reflecting on a game which saw us lose from a winning position for the first time this season, Steve said, "It was obviously disappointing.

"First half I thought we were good, should have been further in front, second half we started sloppily, allowed them back into the game, the penalty is a key decision which the referee got wrong, it was a push on Michael Hector. Big moments like that make a big difference, but our reaction has to better.

"The referee made another strange decision, sending Danny Williams off, and looking at the video I can't work out what he did to be booked. First yellow was soft, but this is where we are in the Championship. Honest officials but in this league we need professional referees.

"Yes we kept going to the end, but we'd already let the game slip by allowing them three goals. We didn't dig in well enough or keep it close. If we'd kept it 2-1 we'd still have been in it."

And asked whether the FA Cup has distracted anybody's attention from the League, he said certainly, "If it takes attention away from the League then players won't play in the cup, that is the bottom line."

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