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Boss reflects on end-to-end encounter

20 October 2015

Manager reveals we took risks to try and earn win

Royals manager Steve Clarke revealed that he was more than willing to run the risk of losing a point by trying take all three; the spoils were eventually shared thanks to a 1-1 draw at Rotherham United.

The Millers, who were playing on their own patch under the stewardship of new boss Neil Redfearn for the first time, levelled through Danny Collins shortly after the break – Nick Blackman had hit a firecracker midway through the first half to put Reading ahead.

After the equalising goal, the game was wide open and both goalkeepers were forced into point-earning saves.  It wasn't to be on the night for the Royals, as Lee Camp and the home blockade turned away some chances, but Clarke believed it was a risk worth taking.

“It was a decent first half and we had reasonable control of the game,” he explained.  “At 1-0 up at half-time, we spoke about consolidating in the second half and trying to push and get the second goal that would maybe have given us the three points.

“But credit to Rotherham – they came out and started quick.  It was sloppy play from us to concede a goal from a corner kick, but once you give away.  At 1-1 it was an open game with big chances to get the second goal and both ‘keepers made really good saves.

“It was probably a really good second half for the neutral – it was end-to-end stuff.  I risked a bit, because there was a spell in the second half when I thought it was too open.  We could have closed it up and shut up shop, but I was prepared to risk the point to try and get the three.

“When you go away from home in the Championship, every point you get is hard-earned.  We earned a difficult point here tonight; we’ll add it to the tally and look forward to the next game.”

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