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Taylor on ‘sucker-punch’ after strong showing

13 April 2016

Full-back wants to take positves from last minute loss at the hands of league leaders

Royals full-back Andrew Taylor said that a late defeat to his former club Middlesbrough was difficult to take, but the team are fully focused on taking the positives from the performance to get a result at Leeds. 

Reading had matched table-toppers Boro in every department and missed a late chance to become the first team to score twice at the Riverside in the Championship this year - only for the hosts to steal it right at the death through Adam Forshaw.  Taylor's fierce shot wasn't effectively dealt with, allowing Simon Cox to follow in and equalise after Emilio Nsue's earlier effort, but Boro's second came with a matter of moments remaining in the game.

"The defeat was a real sucker-punch to take," said Taylor.  “One minute we could have won it with Matej’s chance and unfortunately we didn’t take it, and then they nick a goal right at the death.

“It is tough to take but I think we’ve got to take the positives out of the night. We’re really focused now on bouncing back this week, taking the positives from this game and turning that into three points on Saturday."

The Reading defender felt it was fine margins that determined the outcome of the match in a game where the Royals toe-to-toe with the league leaders right until the final whistle.

“Unfortunately it seems when you’re at the top of the league you get a little bit if the rub of the green,” Taylor reflected. “We miss a good chance and then for their goal it ricocheted around a couple of times and got scuffed in right at the end.

“Sometimes that’s just the way it goes, but we’ve just got to keep the confidence because in the whole it was a decent performance from us; we’ve got to take the positives and move on.”

Taylor made a point of thanking the traveling fans that made the long journey up to the North East on the Tuesday evening. The left back recognised the commitment from the travelling faithful to come and back the Royals on the longest away trip of the season and with a trip to Leeds coming up on Saturday, Taylor wants to turn a positive performance into a win. 

“It was a great effort from the fans to come all the way from Reading; I had a few family and friends there to who live round the corner too, but it was a great effort because it’s such a long way to come.”

“It's a difficult week for them with Middlesbrough away and then Leeds away, so it's all credit to them.”

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