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"Our character was brilliant!" - Liam Moore

Defender reflects on resilient Villa performance

27 August 2018

Liam Moore says the Royals showed great resolve to come from behind and snatch a late draw away at Aston Villa on Saturday afternoon.

The centre-half, who made his 100th Reading appearance at the weekend, said the squad deserve credit for fighting to the end after going behind early in the second half.

Sam Baldock's 93rd-minute penalty earned the Royals a point after Ahmed Elmohamady put the hosts in the lead five minutes into the second period.

Reflecting on his 100 Reading appearances to date, Moore said: "It's flown by, I looked and it's been two years and five or six days since I joined the club. It's a milestone I'm very proud of, and to get a result at Villa Park is very impressive.

"We were slightly desperate in the end - I really think we deserved the point at least. The character was brilliant just to keep going, we had to throw people forward - there were a lot of tired people out there in the end!

"We kept going, and got a reward.

"It was disappointing to concede. It was something we spoke about before the game, the opposite winger drifting in - and he did that unopposed and he put it away.

"It was something that we could have cancelled out, but ultimately we got our heads down, carried on and we reacted really well."

Baldock had a golden chance in the final throes of normal time, but outstanding goalkeeping from Nyland kept the Royals' striker at bay, before he despatched his spot-kick to score his first Reading goal.

Moore was full of praise for the striker's determination to take the penalty deep into added time, showing his nerve in front of a raucous 33,000 crowd at Villa Park.

On Baldock's penalty, Moore added: "It shows balls, to be honest! To step up and have the balls to put it down and put it away is fantastic - the kind of mentality we're going to need during this tough period.

"Strikers love to score goals. The earlier they can do that, the better, I'm sure he'll go on and score many more for the club!"

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