Assistant pleased to avoid a slip against the PilgrimsNo less than eight Championship sides were unceremoniously dumped out of the EFL Cup on Tuesday evening at the hands of lower-league opposition – the Royals were not one of them, thanks to a controlled and classy showing against League 2 outfit Plymouth when the result was never really in question.
Royals assistant manager Andries Ulderink felt that the result was the most important aspect of our outing – even by watching from afar, he knows precisely how ruthless any opposition can be in England if they smell blood.
“When you see how many Championship teams lost yesterday, then a 2-0 win is good,” said the Royals assistant. “It all starts with winning the games – we have done that for the first two, so from that perspective it has worked out quite well.
“I lived in Holland all my life, and when we looked to English football and spoke to people about it, you see that there are so many surprising results every weekend! And that’s why you have to be focused 100 per cent, because whenever you think you can do a little bit less, you get a defeat.
“We want to win as many games as we can – so in the cup we want to give everything that we have and to go as far as we can in the cup.”
For the most part he was pleased with the style of play – as well as two well-worked goals from his compatriots Joey van den Berg and Roy Beerens, who each opened their account in our colours.
But he still hopes that the team can keep their standards high for the duration, rather than get tempted to slip into cruise control when things are going well.
“In the first half we did very well and dominated the game and had a lot of possession,” he explained. “We created some big chances and scored two goals good goals – we maybe should have scored a third one.
“When the game went on in the second half, we got a little bit sloppy. The manager spoke about it after the game to the press and the players – in the last 25 minutes, even when you’re getting a little bit tired after having a game on Saturday, you still have to make good decisions on the pitch and stay concentrated and focused and don’t lean back too much. I hope we’ve learned from that.”