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Ilori happy to show battling qualities in clean sheet

Defender on a point at the KCOM

14 January 2018

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Not precisely the result we were after in Hull, but a useful point in the context of the Championship season – and defender Tiago Ilori was pleased with the defensive resolve that Reading showed to keep it at 0-0.

Ilori, who was introduced from the bench after half an hour when skipper Paul McShane sustained an injury, helped the Royals to see off a late flurry of attacks from the hosts and make it consecutive shut-outs.

He also explained the mindset required of players on the bench – a readiness to be called into action at a moment’s notice, in all circumstances.

“We’ve had two clean sheets in a row now, away from home, against relatively physical teams,” Ilori said, referring to Hull and Stevenage the previous weekend.

“We have had difficulties in the past against teams that play longer balls and fight in the air – but we did well.

“With what happened at the beginning of the game, with two unexpected injuries, we still did quite well.

“We managed to maintain a clean sheet; we didn’t get a goal, even though we had a couple of chances, but it ends up being a decent result.

“I don’t think we can make excuses about it – players like Sone and me want to play every game, as we all do, so coming on gives me a chance to show myself.  No matter how early we come on we want to come on and help the team.

“You don’t really expect to be coming on in the first half, but that’s what football is about.  You have to be professional and ready – anything can happen.”

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