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Gomes | "The players showed they have strong blood in them"

Jose pleased with attitude of players that saw them 'fight, play, try hard, keep the ball and control the game' - even with ten men for the majority!

26 December 2018

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An away trip to Millwall is not an easy ask for any new manager. But although they had to battle for more than 80 minutes with just ten men, Jose Gomes' side fought hard for a point that they deserved at The Den.

"It was a very difficult match. Even if it has been 11 versus 11, it would have been a difficult match," Gomes began his post-match reflection.

"Playing for 85 minutes with or so with ten men - and part of those 85 minutes with nine - it was a very difficult mission for my players.

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"But they fought until the very last second, and until the last second the game was open - so I’m proud of their attitude, what they showed on the pitch.

"They fought, they played, they tried, they kept the ball and for long periods we controlled the game. We have to control ourselves better though, because these red cards cannot help us in our situation.

"But we controlled the game with the ball, with a player less, and we created some chances. It means we could have controlled the game easily with eleven players and created more goalscoring situations. So I am confident for the future.

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"So what do we have...on one hand we didn’t like the result, we didn’t like the red cards. 

"On the other hand, we are proud of our attitude and the blood that my players showed they have inside them - they were brave.

"And our fans supported us and helped the players from the very beginning to the last second. So they deserved at least a point, in my opinion."

The unforgiving festive period means that the Royals have to recover fast for a trip to Loftus Road in three days' time.

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"We don’t have time to cry. We must put our focus on the next match, see how I can prepare the team for QPR.

"I have had only two training sessions with the players, who had to recover from Saturday at the same time. So it is a difficult challenge. But I am very happy with my players, they really showed that we can count on them.

"At the moment we cannot think in the long-term. Right now, we must think of the short-term goals. And in the short-term, it is about preparing and recovering for the next match which is in just three days. It’s a difficult task, but with this spirit, we will get there."

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