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McCleary: “We’ll be straight at it again”

3 February 2016

Winger looking to bounce back against Wolves

“Straight after a game when you have just lost, it’s hard to take,” said Reading winger Garath McCleary, following a late 2-1 defeat in Ipswich on Tuesday evening.  Brett Pitman ghosted in to score the winner in the final minute of the game at Portman Road, maintaining a remarkable run of 16 consecutive Tuesday-night wins for the Tractor Boys on their own patch.

“I think all the players will be down because we haven’t won, or at least got a point,” continued McCleary.

“But as soon as we get back onto the training field, it’s onto the next one.  It’ll be hard to take tonight and tomorrow, but when Thursday comes, we’ll be straight at it again.

“We go into every game trying to win.  We played well in spells but unfortunately we didn’t get three points, or even one.  It’s a tough pill to take at the moment.

“Ipswich aren’t in the top six for no reason – they are a good team.  But we’ll go again on Saturday – we’ve got to try to change our fortunes.”

McCleary – who came off the bench to score an equalising penalty in Ipswich – had been unavailable for a fortnight with a hamstring strain, which fortunately wasn’t as bad as first feared.  And now, like the rest of the squad, he wants to help the team get back on the winning track when Wolves visit on Saturday.

“It was a grade 1 strain – I actually came back a bit later than normal,” he continued.  “The medical team have been fantastic, and hopefully I can be in line to play on Saturday.

“We’ve got a strong squad and it’s unfortunate that we aren’t doing a lot better than we are at the moment.  We’ve got to take it a game at a time, and try to get three points against Wolves on Saturday.”

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