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Moore disappointed to leave Elland Road empty-handed

14 December 2016

Defender reflects on Leeds defeat

The Royals’ efforts went unrewarded in West Yorkshire when Leeds grabbed a 2-0 victory, thanks to Chris Wood’s first-half strike and Souleymane Doukara’s last-minute penalty.

Jaap Stam’s charges dominated the ball and carved out a handful of decent openings, but it was the hosts that held on for the points.  Defender Liam Moore was disappointed with the result on the night – but trusts that their style of play will continue to bring more successes than failures, as it has done so far this season.

“It’s disappointing – we want to win all our games,” Moore said.  “And if we can’t do that, at least come away with a point.

“I thought we had the ball for long periods of time and they sat off very deep.  We tried to cut through them and at times we did do that, so it’s disappointing that we didn’t come away at least a point.

“Teams can’t deep as deep as Leeds did tonight and not have to pay for it.  If we do it on a regular enough occasion – obviously tonight it wasn’t to be because they got the three points – but if we keep playing in this way and pushing teams back then we’ll get wins.”

Wood’s close-range finish came after a shot deflected into his path, and he drilled in.  Doukara’s penalty was a result of Charlie Taylor hitting the deck in the Royals’ box.

But Moore knows that there’s no time to feel sore, with another important game coming against Blackburn.

“We’re a team that loves getting clean sheets,” continued the centre-half.  “We hate conceding goals, but certain goals you can’t do too much about.  Their first goal took a few ricochets in our box and fell perfectly for him, and he took that chance well.

“Of course we’d like to do that at the other end of the pitch when we get chances – bury them with as much conviction.  But tonight it wasn’t supposed to be for us.  We can’t well on it too long because Saturday is a vitally important game.”

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