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Ilori: "We play for the fans"

Defender glad to see bumper away support with the Royals this weekend

18 October 2017

Tiago Ilori is glad to hear that so many Reading supporters utilised the free coach travel the club put on offer, ahead of Saturday's trip to Sheffield United.

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The Royals were given an extended away allocation as a result of the success of the initiative, with Ilori and his team-mates hoping to make it two wins in consecutive weekends in Yorkshire.

“For us as players, it’s very important. We play for the fans and it’s always very good to have their support as well.”

Ilori hopes to give the travelling support a further reason to be cheerful, following up Saturday's sterling effort to beat Leeds United 1-0.

The former Liverpool man says the Royals were good value at Elland Road, adding: “We deserved the win on Saturday. The boys are confident, we know our qualities and we need to take that into the next game.

“I think we controlled the game, we were comfortable during pretty much the whole game. It was 1-0, they did have a penalty, but I feel it was a deserved win for the work we put in.”

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Following a first clean sheet since August, Ilori says it was a worthy show of the hard work the defence put in over the 90 minutes in Leeds.

“It was an added bonus, we were looking to win, obviously keeping a clean sheet increases your odds! If we had to let in a couple of goals, as long as we scored more it doesn’t really matter.

“It was important that we kept a clean sheet, it obviously helped our chances and that’s what we worked for."


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