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"We gave them a hell of a game"

12 April 2016

Royals boss on a cruel loss that could have been a win

Royals boss Brian McDermott was understandably frustrated to lose a game that moments earlier could have resulted in a victory, against a team who went top of the Championship table this evening.

"It should have been three points – we had a chance at the end where we should have scored, and they punished us at the other end," he said.

"We were 1-0 down after 10 minutes and it’s never an easy place to get a result here, as it has been proven this year. I think we’ve given them as good a game as almost anyone this year."

Middlesbrough have lost just twice all season at The Riverside, and Aitor Karanka's men could easily have slipped to a third despite their race for top spot tonight as the Royals came close to causing an upset in the shake-up at the top of the Championship.

"I thought the players delivered – that’s the most important thing. They delivered and they gave us absolutely everything.

"It shows how authentic our football club is and how authentic our players, our staff and our fans are - to come here tonight and put on a performance like that. I’m absolutely proud of our players tonight and I’m absolutely gutted for them and gutted for the fans that travelled.

"After the first 10 minutes we knocked it around really well and I thought we were unfortunate to come away empty-handed – football is a cruel game sometimes, as we know.

"I’m really disappointed for the players to come away with nothing. It’s always hard to take, but that’s football. Our fans know when our guys have come away from home and given absolutely everything. 

"And we gave them a hell of a game and it’s a sickening blow to take. But we’ll be doing that to enough teams next season – I promise you."

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