Defender analyses defeat to QPRWhile disappointed with Thursday’s home defeat to Queens Park Rangers, Royals defender Liam Moore feels that a bit of perspective is called for after just a second home loss of the campaign in all competitions.
Jamie Mackie’s sole goal proved the difference before the half-hour; the Royals were unable to capitalise on their pressure throughout the second half, as the equaliser proved elusive. But Moore believes that sticking to their guns will bear fruit in the longer run.
“I think you’ve to got to look at things in perspective,” he explained soon after the ref blew the final whistle. “We’ve been on a good run of form and we’ve won a lot of games – tonight was frustrating, and they came to frustrate us. And when they got the goal it gave them the chance to drop even deeper and put even more men behind the ball.
“We’re going to come up against those kinds of challenges this season, and we’re going to try and break them down. Tonight we couldn’t do that – but stick with us. It’s a long season.
“Sometimes you want the next game to come around quicker; obviously we want to put it right. But we have got a break now – we had the Manchester United game which took a lot out of us physically and mentally, and we’ve had a few days to prepare for tonight.
“Now we’ve got a bit of a longer break, which we need to use to recover but also to get things right and to be ready for that big game next Saturday against Derby.
“We’ve got the same philosophy all the times – we want to win games playing football. We have shown that we can win ugly this season, and we’ve also got to show that if we go through tough times like tonight when it doesn’t look like it’s going our way, we need to make sure we don’t lose those games.
“It was an opportunity tonight to put pressure on those around us and in front of us. We missed it – so we need to get our heads down and get back to winning ways. We’ve been fairly decent on the road this season, so let’s try to do the same next Saturday.”