Williams reflects on a game of tight margins
“I think a draw would have been a fair result,” reflected midfielder Danny Williams after the Royals succumbed to a defeat in Huddersfield – after an entertaining and lively game which saw Reading create some excellent openings – including hitting the bar through Roy Beerens – it was Terriers man Philip Billing who got the game’s only goal late on.
“Both teams played very well and put a lot of effort into that game. Of course some legs were getting a bit tired towards the end but that’s normal with the amount of games you play throughout the season.
“It went their way, so congratulations to them. It’s a difficult one to take but we’ve shown throughout the season that the character of our team is amazing, and we’ve bounced back from defeats before. We have to do that against Brighton.
“We have quality and we’ve won some tight games. And we came from two behind against Bristol City and came back to get the win against Brentford even last week. These games are tight – sometimes it goes your way, sometimes it goes the other way.
“So congratulations to Huddersfield; they have quality as well and sometimes you have to hold your hands up and say that you came up against a good team.
“It’s a bit frustrating, but I’m sure the team will bounce back. We’ll analyse the game tomorrow and then hopefully we can turn it around against Brighton.”
The Terriers started on top, but the Royals rode the storm before getting a firm foothold in the match. Ali Al-Habsi was called upon to make a superb penalty stop to deny Rajiv van la Parra after Isaiah Brown was felled in the box.
And before Billing notched the winner, the Royals had a clear penalty shout turned down despite Lewis Grabban going down in the box under a challenge from goalkeeper Danny Ward – which the Royals man considered evidence of what a partisan home crowd can contribute.
“We’re very disappointed with the result,” he said. “I think they started the first 20 or 25 minutes better, and Ali made an unbelievable save from their penalty.
“But after that we had three or four really good chances. Unfortunately we couldn’t convert them, even though the team did very well.
“In the second half, I think we should have been awarded a penalty, but the ref got a bit intimidated from the crowd. If the first one was a penalty for them, then that was a penalty for us. It shows that people can make a decision based on what they hear from the crowd.
“That’s how it is. We’ve had a lot of penalties this season, but it is very frustrating in an important game like it was today. It can be an example of how the crowd can influence the people who make the decisions. Hopefully we can have that at home at Madejski Stadium.”