Assistant manager gives his take on pre-season loss in WimbledonThe Royals were defeated for the first time in pre-season against AFC Wimbledon – and Royals assistant manager Andries Ulderink hopes to use the experience as an opportunity to identify some areas that need working on ahead of the new season and a reminder of what is needed if Reading are going to have a successful season.
In our previous three pre-season games, the result had gone the Royals’ way – so Ulderink hopes to learn just as much in defeat from this friendly fixture.
Reading had most of the possession and chances in the game, but were ultimately couldn’t take the opportunities. The Dons took two of theirs well – the game was just 14 seconds old when Dean Parrett was slipped in on goal for the Dons’ first – the advantage was doubled with 20 minutes on the clock with an improvised finish from a tight angle.
“After ten seconds we were 1-0 down – it was a long ball from the kick-off and we were not good at that moment,” said Royals assistant Ulderink.
“Then I think we got some control of the game, but then again it was a long ball from the opponent and we didn’t work well, and went 2-0 down. For the last 15 or 20 minutes before half-time we were quite good and created some chances – but of course you have to score.
“In the second half we were in the half of the opponent and created a couple of chances. But maybe it is good to have a defeat in pre-season. We were all very happy how things were going so far, and today we saw some things that were not that good. So maybe it is a good wake-up call for us.
Oliver Norwood and Stephen Quinn, each of whom had been at the Euros this summer, got their first minutes into the legs for Reading since Jaap Stam’s arrival. And while a couple of players weren’t available this time out, Andries is hopeful that the squad will be in good shape by the time we meet AFC Bournemouth at Madejski Stadium on Friday.
“Oli got his first minutes for us, John Swift got some minutes, and Stephen Quinn had been ill this week and was able to come on,” he continued. “So it’s good to have these games and we’re looking forward to playing our first home game against Bournemouth on Friday.
“The boys who have returned need to get into the rhythm with some match-minutes. It was a shame that Garath McCleary had a small injury and the load for Roy Beerens had been a little bit much this week, but we hope that he will be available for the game against Bournemouth.
“So far in our away games the crowd have been very good – it is great to have them behind us in these games and hopefully we get a lot of fans to the stadium next Friday.”