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Joey: “We didn’t reward ourselves”

15 October 2016

Defender on score draw at QPR

Joey van den Berg – who lined up in central-defence at Loftus Road in the absence of injured skipper Paul McShane – was disappointed that Reading’s efforts weren’t rewarded with more than a point.

The Royals created several chances – during the second half in particular – but weren’t able to put a winner past Rangers stopper Alex Smithies.

Danny Williams had levelled midway through the second half, just seven minutes after Pawel Wszolek had opened the scoring for the hosts; 1-1 it ended.

“It was a difficult game to start with – but we couldn’t score the second goal and that was disappointing,” said Joey.  “I thought we had them right where we wanted, but we didn’t reward ourselves.

“But there is a good feeling about the way we played in the second half especially, so we have to keep going with that feeling.

“It was a good comeback from one behind – it was a very strong from us as a team to get back as quickly as we can into the game and not to be too disappointed.  I think we showed that today and then after that I think we were the better team.

“They were a strong and physical team and that makes them dangerous, but I think we had them where we wanted.  We played mostly in their half and we should have been able to score one or two more.”

Joey, who has been deployed in midfield more often recently, returned in defence after illness had kept him out of our most recent game against Derby.

But now that the international break is out the way, he’s looking forward to getting stuck into a run of fixtures and rebuilding that match sharpness.

“It was different to the last few weeks – my last game was just a half against Brentford away… it feels like ages ago since I played a game!” said Van den Berg.

“So at the beginning it was a little bit difficult to get into the tempo of the game.  I think the second half was a bit better.

“It has been a while since I’ve played a game.  I feel stronger every day and I think games always help you get back in that rhythm.  We’re on a good path and we have to keep going.”

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