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Omar: "We're frustrated - we played well"

Full-back reflects on last-minute heartache in season opener

4 August 2018

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Omar Richards says the Royals have reasons for optimism despite a last-gasp opening day defeat against Derby County.


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After dominating the first half, Jón Daði Böðvarsson put the Royals ahead with a towering header after 53 minutes from Mo Barrow's cross.

Mason Mount powered home an equaliser just seven minutes later, before Tom Lawrence's well-executed header just 14 seconds before the end of added time gave the Rams an unlikely victory.

Reflecting on the match, Richards said: "I thought we had a good performance on the day. To lose is gutting for everyone, we're frustrated so it's hard to take.

"It happens in football sometimes, if you don't take your chances early on then it can come back to bite you.

"We did have a few chances early on and if we took them, it might have been a different game.

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"It looked like we were going on for the win, when they equalised it probably took a bit of the sting out of us, it was tough.

"With all the emotions of everything that was going on around it, it all played a part in the game.

"We tried to do a lot of the things that the gaffer was telling us to do, you could see that in the first half performance.

"Defensively, I thought we looked quite solid. It's a good feeling in the camp, I don't think we'll let this result get to us too much.

"We're going into Nottingham Forest looking positively."

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