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"Missed opportunities cost us"

Praise for performance and second half dominance, but Stam disappointed not to see us convert the opportunities we earned...

18 November 2017

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Penalty appeals, the width of a post, a goalline clearance and some superb reaction saves from Wolves keeper John Ruddy all conspired against a Royals side who deserved more from a meeting with league leaders Wolves this afternoon.

"Today we’re not taking the points, when we deserved at least one," Royals boss Jaap Stam began.

"We were playing against a good side, but the number of chances we created during the game...we needed to finish them off.

"We gave away the first goal too easily; you have to track your runner and he had too much time to finish it. Wolves have quality players – we all know that - so if you give them time and space they will punish you.

"We weren't focussed at that point, we let him run into the box and he finished it off. And at 1-0 down you know what can happen. They tried to press us and looked to occasionally go forward – but we should have scored a couple of times in the first half and didn’t. 

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"At half-time we know they are going to look to wait a little bit more, to go out on the break and score that second. But in the second half we dominated the match and played very well. But we just couldn’t finish our chances.

"And towards the end of the game they scored a second – in trying to get that equaliser, our players natually got a bit tired and we couldn’t close him down and get the block in. It was only their first or maybe their second opportunity. But after that goes in, it’s basically done.

"We should have scored at least two, we had seven or eight good opportunities. So we needed to be clinical.

"The players worked very, very hard today. We created a lot of chances and showed a lot of character and quality today. But not scoring the chances we got was what was lacking. 

"We have the next game on Tuesday – not an easy one, but one we'll try to win."

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