Striker calling for solidityRoyals striker Orlando Sa feels that Reading have the quality in their squad to ensure that an inexplicable defensive lapse in a 4-2 defeat to Fulham isn’t replicated going forward.
Sa had put the Royals into a 2-0 lead after Lucas Piazon opened the scoring, but the Cottagers suddenly created openings at will to make a remarkable turnaround. Reading, who had only conceded three Championship goals in six weeks going into the game, suddenly shipped three in six minutes.
“It was a shock for us because we were winning 2-0 and creating chances, but nobody was expecting Fulham to score three goals in five or six minutes,” said Sa.
“We need to learn from this second half for the future. A lot of games in this league will be like this – at 2-0 we will to focus on defending better and holding together. This can’t happen at 2-0.
“We need to see the highlights and what has happened, and we must improve for the next game.”
The script seemed to have been written for Sa against his old club – his fifth goal in Reading colours was in fact his first at Craven Cottage and at the time had Reading well in the ascendency.
However in no uncertain terms he admitted that he would have traded his goal for the right result – and he is already looking forward to trying to earn some redemption against Brighton next weekend.
“It is always good to score, against Fulham or other teams,” he said. “But I prefer it when I don’t score and the team wins the game.
“All of my teammates are disappointed with the result. We know that we have a good team and that we can do much better than we did today.
“We know the quality that we have in this team. We played a few really good games before against strong teams, and we came here to win the three points. We created chances for this, and my teammates are disappointed because we lost the game.
“In my opinion, we want the next game to come early to prove to our fans that this second half was not realistic. We can do much better against Brighton – we need to improve our game, play like a team, defend and attack together.”