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“We created match-winning chances – but didn’t take them”

Clement analyses slim defeat at Forest

11 August 2018

Reflecting on a narrow defeat to Nottingham Forest, Paul Clement wasn't bemoaning bad luck. He knows that the Royals have to take their chances if they're going to start picking up points with regularity in the Sky Bet Championship.

It wasn't a lack of chances that beset the Royals - they created plenty of good openings against one of the hot tips for promotion.

But they left the City Ground empty handed, as Hillal Soudani was the only one to find the net as he picked up a half-clearance to convert the game's only goal midway through the second half.

“The overall summary is that we created match-winning chances and didn’t take them.  That’ll be the difference,” Clement reflected.

“The first goal always makes a big difference.  Today, even when we went behind, we tried to continue to create chances and we did.

“But we have to convert better.  That’s two games where people will say that we played alright and deserved more, but we didn’t get more.

“We’ll continue to try and build our performances, and we’ll turn that into results – whether that’s home or away.”

Yet to get a point on the board.  But no reason to fret, after a couple of good showings.

But the team, Clement feels, need to take control of their own destiny.  And now we have back-to-back home games against Birmingham and Bolton, and chances to progress in the Carabao Cup and the Championship.

“I’m not worried because we have created chances in both games and for a majority of the games we’ve looked pretty solid defensively.  But we can’t be a team that feels sorry for ourselves.

“We can’t be the ‘nearly team’, where we nearly get a result or nearly get a performance.  We have to turn good performances into points.

“We are an improving team but we have to get results – get points on the board.  That’s how you get rewards from the work that you’re doing.  But it isn’t far away for us before we get a positive result.

“We have two homes games now, in the cup and the league, and hopefully the players will reap the benefit of their hard work.”


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