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“Quality, grit and determination”

26 September 2015

Royals boss gives post-match verdict on win in Burnley

Reading manager Steve Clarke lauded the range of characteristics that his side showed to secure a 2-1 victory at Turf Moor at the expense of hosts Burnley.

The Royals charged into a two-goal lead before the game had even reached the ten-minute mark thanks to swift attacks which Nick Blackman and Lucas Piazon put the finishing touch on.  Naturally the Clarets began to exert their influence on their own patch, but despite a goal from Tendayi Darikwa midway through the second period, the Royals showed plenty of guts to convert a fine performance into three points.

“I’m absolutely delighted – some of our performances earlier in the season deserved a bit more,” said Clarke.  “We knew that we came here with a chance to win this game which would give us a good feeling because we want to start adding the points to the performances.

“I can’t say it was the best we have played this season, but we showed a good mixture of quality, grit and determination and came away with the three points from a very difficult place to come.

“We started very quickly and on the front foot – it was two moments of quality.  It was a great finish from Nick Blackman, and Chris Gunter made a good spot in the box to pull back for Lucas, who finished as we know he can.

“At that stage we were well in the ascendency, but we have to give credit to Burnley – they have their way of playing and they just kept pounding away at us.  The second half was difficult.

“At Bristol City we had a similar scenario but we were much more comfortable in the game, whereas this afternoon was against a team that were in the Premier League last year who were asking a lot of questions of us.  We had to show a lot of character and different qualities to get the result.  But we did it, which is very pleasing for me.”

A rare midweek without a game means that the next outing is against Middlesbrough, who currently lie second in the Championship table.

The Royals gaffer is looking forward to another tough test at Madejski Stadium in a week’s time.

“It has been a hectic schedule for us, and we’ll have a little breather at the start of the week,” he continued.  “But there’s no rest in the Championship. 

“Next week against Middlesbrough we’re taking on a team that everybody is saying will be up there in the mix at the end of the season.  They visit us at Madejski Stadium, and it’ll be nice to get another three points.”


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