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PC: "I'm pleased for the players and proud of them"

Royals boss reacts to an injury time equaliser that earned us a point at Villa Park this afternoon

25 August 2018

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Royals boss Paul Clement had spoken, after the 2-2 draw against Blackburn Rovers, about the need to never give in. And his side were deservedly rewarded for their never say die attitude at Villa Park this afternoon.

"I’m really pleased for the players – and proud of them," he began.

"They put a lot of effort into the game, and if we’d lost by that narrow margin of 1-0 I’d be really feeling for them because they put so much into it.

"The travelling fans could see that. And I want to mention the fans, because what a fantastic turnout!

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"They packed that corner, they were full of enthusiasm and really got behind the players.  That was absolutely brilliant.

"So it was nice to go over to them at the end and share that point with them. It’s not a win, it’s just a point… but a valuable point from a difficult place to come."

Twice the referee pointed to the spot in midweek, denying Reading a win at Ewood Park. But Darren England's decision to award a penalty Reading's way in injury time this time earned the Royals some deserved reward.

"Having been on the end of some really fine margins in the first four games, it was looking like it was going to be the case again – and then you’re talking to the players about how disappointed you are for them.

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"But in the end they were resolute in the way they attacked right to the very end. We had a fantastic double chance in the last ten minutes when the goalkeeper made an amazing first save and was there for the second one as well.

"The players could have stopped there and thought that that was the chance that got away. But instead they went to the very end, put them under pressure, and got the penalty.

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