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"We kept going and got our reward"

Royals boss praises team persistence and McNulty's perfect response to his penalty disappointment in midweek...

1 December 2018

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The Royals led at the break but had to keep battling until the very final whistle to earn the point they deserved this afternoon against a Stoke City side full of top flight-calibre players.

"Stoke are a good side. And I'm sure they'll feel disappointed with the timing of our equaliser. They thought they'd won it - it was a good finish by Tom Ince," Clement began.

"On their day that they have players who are very good at this level and at the next level as well – they have Premier League footballers.

"But we were pushing to get back into the game, having gone behind, and we had a good couple of chances late in the second half.

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"There were a couple of crosses that flashed across the face of their six-yard box and then Jack Butland made a good save to deny Yakou Meite.

"The players didn’t feel sorry for themselves. They kept going and kept going. It was the 94th minute – so it came late! And it’s a good feeling to get at least a point out of the game.

"The players have got to be like that every game. I’m pleased with the spirit, personality, determination and courage in the last two games.

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"We’ve played two really good sides this week, both tipped to go up – and we’ve shown that we can compete at that level.

"Now we’ve got to show that we can do that on a consistent basis. We have to do it consistently throughout games as well, because I thought we were good in the first half, not so good at the start of the second half, and then finished strong."

Earlier in the game, Marc McNulty had opened his Royals account to hand Paul Clement's side the lead at the break. And the Royals boss had praise for the striker who bounced back from a saved penalty in the perfect way!

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"I’m sure Marc was thinking about a lot of things – that he hasn’t started so many games, that he hadn't scored in a competitive game for us, and the penalty at Leeds. Today he was given that chance.

"And I was really pleased for him. You could see that his teammates were pleased for him too. I think the fans were pleased for him too. He’s a really honest professional. He gets his head down, he works every day. It was a great moment when he scored his goal – a nice moment for him."

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