Defender reflects on Millers stalemateA 1-1 draw at Rotherham took the Royals’ run to five league fixtures without defeat – the last loss came five weeks ago against Derby County. The previous four fixtures have all been Reading victories – unfortunately Reading couldn’t quite claim another maximum at the Millers’ expense.
Defender Andrew Taylor admitted that there were pangs of disappointment that they couldn’t register a win in South Yorkshire, but that was tempered with gladness of taking away a hard-earned point to add to the tally.
“Every game we go into, especially now we’re full of confidence, we’re looking to and hoping to win,” he explained. “But it’s a tough league and Rotherham made it difficult for us. I thought they played well – it was their first home game with their new manager, and unfortunately we couldn’t quite get the three points.
“When we came into the dressing room, the initial emotion is one of disappointment because we do want to win every game. But when you look at the bigger picture, a point is really good because it keeps our unbeaten record going and keeps our momentum going, and takes us nicely into the weekend.
“It’s the start of the season and we have got a hell of a long way to go. But at the same time, now we’re up there, we want to stay up there – or climb higher. That’s what we’re striving for and we’ve got to take each game as it comes, keep plugging away and getting as many points as we can.”
Again there is little in the way of turnaround time for the Royals. Our next game comes as early as this Saturday, when we kick off at Craven Cottage against Fulham at 1.30pm.
“Every game in the Championship is tough, home and away,” continued Taylor. “Top can lose to bottom, and we know that. We focus on every game properly and do things right, and it’ll be no different for Saturday.
“It’s going to be a big game – obviously it’s not too far across the road so it should be a good game. It’s a nice stadium with a nice pitch, and hopefully it’ll be a good game where we leave with three points.”