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Danny backing Royals to call on character

13 January 2017

Midfielder analyses defeat to QPR

Reading midfielder Danny Williams believes that defeat to Queens Park Rangers offers Reading a chance to demonstrate again that they are made of tougher stuff.

The Royals fell to just their second defeat of the campaign when Jamie Mackie swept in from close range for the only goal.  The only previous defeat at Madejski Stadium came against Aston Villa in October… and on that occasion the Royals followed up with five straight wins, home and away.

“We’ve done great things so far and it’s very important that we show character, like we did after the Fulham defeat,” he said.  “We have a tough game away at Derby next weekend and we have to be on top again.

“This team has massive character and we’ve shown it on a few occasions already this season.  After the United defeat, we wanted to show that we are capable of turning it around… unfortunately it didn’t happen today.

“If I could, I’d play again tomorrow – but we have eight days between now and playing Derby.  But that’s probably good – the United game was tough and I think you could see a few tired legs today at the end.  The pitch is getting heavy now too so it is probably good that we get a bit more recovery time.

“There are a lot of things we can work on, on the training ground.  I’m sure the gaffer will show us some clips of what we’ve done well and what we’ve done not so well today, and we’ll go again.

“I think the gaffer has said it before – good players learn from defeats.  We can all improve – every single player can improve.  But it’s not about the individual; it’s about the team.  We win together and we lose together. 

“Unfortunately today we lost, and we’ll go again.  It’s a big test now – it’s frustrating, but we have to go again next Saturday and put that behind us as soon as possible.”

He felt that the Royals were punished for giving up something or a soft goal, as well as paying the price for not converting chances when they arose.

“We had big plans tonight – we knew if we won that game it could have been a bigger gap between us and seventh position,” Danny continued.  “But a lot of things went wrong today.  We had two or three big chances, and against a team like that which defends with 11 men, we have to score them.

“For the goal, we can’t mistakes and give the ball away – if we give it away too easily, they punish us.  They have some experienced players up front.  It’s frustrating.  We knew they would come here and try to be physical.  Some 50-50 decisions went against us, which is frustrating as well. 

“We have to go again – the Championship is unforgiving.  We wanted to win today but we didn’t, so we have to win against Derby now.

“We have 46 games in this division – there is no time to be disappointed or let our heads down.  At the end of the day, we have the second best home record in the league.  But it is a very frustrating result for us today – the dressing room was disappointed.”

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