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Hector: "It's up to us to secure our safety"

23 March 2015

Centre-back disappointed with second half showing

Centre-back Michael Hector was disappointed with his and the team's second half performance at The Valley on Saturday, having lost control of the fixture following a penalty that handed the Addicks a route back into the game.

"We started a bit shaky but we quickly grew into the game and once we got the goal we controlled it after that," he said.

"Then in the second half we just didn't play. After they scored their goal from the penalty, the goals we let in were poor goals. We just didn't turn up in the second half, so it's hard to take.

"For the penalty, I was pushed in the back. But the reaction I gave, I shouldn't have thrown my hand up. Sometimes, the referee would give a foul against me, this time it went against me and I've got to learn not to fling my arm up like that - the penalty has got them back into he game and they've gone on to win it from there.

"It's was a nice surface and we passed the ball really well. If we'd kept it 1-1 for a bit longer I think we would have won the game. But the poor goals we conceded in the second half killed us in the end."

The Royals sit nine points clear of the bottom three in the lower half of the Championship table, with eight fixtures left to play (five at home. three away). And Hec was well aware of the squad's responsibility to take relegation out of the equation with points that would rule out the need to keep an eye on other results.

"We've got to get as many points as possible and quickly. We need to pull away from the bottom, because anything could happen.

"The bottom teams could pick up a load of wins on the bounce and then suddenly we're dragged right back into it. So we've got to make sure ourselves, we can't bank on the teams below us losing games every week, we have to pull ourselves away from it.

"We've got a couple of days off then we're straight back into training this week. A few of the players are going away on international duty, but those who aren't will be in training, working hard ahead of a home game against Cardiff."

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