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"We've got to play smarter in the final three"

Royals boss on a missed opportunity after a wide open affair against Sunderland...

14 April 2018

A frantic finale to an end-to-end scrap for three points meant a share of the spoils this afternoon and, while Paul Clement remains unbeaten at home as Royals boss, he admitted that it was a game for the neutral rather the the managers on the touchline

"It was too open from a coaching point fo view...our tactical discipline against Fulham was better than it was today even though we lost that game.

"When it's like that, so end-to-end, anything can happen. You can win - and we had a mssive two or three chances near the end - but equally you can end up losing a game like that because you're so open and giving the opposition chances.

"Both teams went hammer and tong for it. We tried to win it, but it was important not to lose. And it could prove an important point.

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"And on reflection, it's probably a fair result, but we're disappointed we didn't take full advantage of those opportunities we had at the end."

The Royals boss couldn't fault his players' workrate but is conscious that we'll need to be a little more disciplined in the final three games to get the points we still need to secure safety.

"The fact that the players showed that desire to get back into it and firstly equalise through Yann's header and then create so many chances in the last five minutes of the game, that was good to see. They really pushed for the win.

"And there was some brilliant defending of the penalty area. But it wasn't compact enough, not positionally disciplined enough...things we've got to get right in the last three games. 

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"We've got to play smarter. We've got to make sure we have more control in the last three games. Yes, we're going to try and win the games, but in a slightly different way.

"We are as we were with Bolton drawing at Barnsley. The gap is still five points, but they have a game in hand. And we have to be prepared for this to go to the last game."


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