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Yann assesses a ‘painful’ late defeat

19 October 2016

Goalscorer reflects on last-gasp loss to Villa

It looked like Yann Kermorgant’s third goal of the campaign was going to be worth at least a point for the Royals against Aston Villa… until Jordan Ayew won and converted a penalty in the last minute of the match at Madejski Stadium to give the visitors a 2-1 win.

After Danny Williams’ penalty was initially saved, the Frenchman followed in with a powerful header to level the scoring – cancelling our Jonathan Kodjia’s opening goal.  But as the Royals pressed for that winning goal, it instead came at the other end for the Villans.

“That’s a game we should have won – by far I think we were the best team on the pitch… but we conceded two goals including a penalty in the last minute, and it’s really painful tonight,” Kermorgant said after the match.

“When we got the equaliser, we should have been more careful to not go forward too much – I know that we wanted to win the game, and that’s a good thing, but we had to be careful as well and track back when they counter-attacked.  That’s what happened in the last minute and we were perhaps not close enough; when they get into the box, there is danger.

“They scored a goal with what was their only chance in the first half.  We had the ball and we created a few… maybe not enough, but in the second half we had a good go at them.

“So when I scored, it felt like it would change the game and that we could push for a winner – and to be fair we did try to.  But unfortunately it was them that got the winner and it was too late for us.

“Of course we are disappointed tonight.  It is harsh to take, but we have another game in a few days and we have to win this game.”

There won’t be much dwelling on the result though, with another match around the corner and another three points at stake.

Reading travel to South Yorkshire this weekend to face Rotherham – despite the Millers’ struggles in the early stages of the season, Kermorgant knows that they can’t afford to give anything less than their best.

“We’ve got a couple of days and we’ll be playing another game at Rotherham, where we’ll have to be at our best and make sure we win that game,” he continued.  “Tonight’s result is really disappointing and we have to make sure that we bounce back on Saturday and come back with three points.

“We play every game to try to win.  That’s what we did today, but Rotherham will have to try to win as well because they are near the bottom and they are playing at home.  They will have to react as well because they lost today – it’ll be two teams that want to take the three points.  Hopefully we’ll be the one to win the game.

“We’re in for training tomorrow morning and I’m sure the gaffer will speak to the players about the game and show some clips to show what we have done well, and of course more importantly the things that we have not done well enough so that we can improve for the next game.”

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