Assistant manager on defeat to Aston VillaThe relentless nature of football in the Championship requires players and staff to learn lessons from their games and move on quickly, whatever the result.
Following a midweek defeat at the hands of Aston Villa, Assistant Manager Andries Ulderink affirmed exactly that – he knows that the squad will shake off any negative feelings yesterday and switch the focus onto the weekend’s trip to Rotherham, rather than sticking out their bottom lip.
“There is no time to be disappointed – in the Championship you play so many games, and lots of times it’s three games in just over a week… so you have to be mentally ready for playing in the Championship, and I think this squad is,” said Ulderink.
“Of course everybody was very disappointed after the game, and the next morning. But the gaffer has shown some clips of the game to the boys who started – they talked it over and left the room with the focus on Rotherham and how difficult that game will be.”
Reading had battled back from a goal behind and equalised through Yann Kermorgant – only for Jordan Ayew to take a tumble in the box and net from the spot in the last minute.
“We dominated the game – though we didn’t create the big chances that we created against QPR,” he continued. “Although we had a lot of crosses and set-pieces, we must improve the set-pieces because they were not good yesterday. Two or three bad moments cost us our neck.
“We’ve had two or three games which we have won in stoppage time, and now we have had a penalty against us in the last minute. We even had a late chance with Garath [McCleary] and that could have been 2-2.
“We know that that is the Championship… this time we were on the wrong side of the score, and hopefully on Saturday we can get a win again.
“Aston Villa kept the spaces very tight and dropped in very far… that made it difficult for us to get high speed into the game and find the players between. We did it in some phases of the game, but it is quite difficult when a team plays like that.
“But we have to learn again from that. And hopefully we can reward ourselves with three points in Rotherham.”