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"We need to work hard and step up"

Royals boss reflects on a single-goal defeat at home to the Bees

20 January 2018

When results aren't falling for you, a squandered chance at one end leads to a counter attack goal at the other...and that one moment decides the match. Lasse Vibe's finish after a break away separated the sides this afternoon.

"Brentford are a good side - comfortable in how they play, very dynamic, a threat with pace going forward and they have good players. But you always want to get at least a point from a game like this.

"We knew we'd need to be very aggressive against them if we were going to get something out of the game and then also use your own ability and quality to get the right result.

"But, to be honest, we didn't always do that. They were a threat and yet we got that certain moment where we could get that first goal oursleves. But we didn't score it and then, ten seconds later, it's in our own net!

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"That's how it has been quite a few times this season. We're close to scoring a goal and then they go out on the break and score their goal.

"When you're on a bad run, if you get these moments to score, you have to finish them. But when you're on a tough run, not only is it difficult to get these opportunities but it's also difficult to score them.

"If you're not winning a lot of points, the confidence goes down and with the confiddence going down, the players aren't making the decisions you expect from them. And from that it becomes difficult to win games."

"We work hard on certain things and in training sessions it looks good. But when you're on the pitch it doesn't always go how you want it to go. That's how football goes sometimes.


“It’s difficult to accept it…”

21 January 2018

"So everybody needs to step up. The only thing we can do is work hard as a team to get ourselves out of it.

"And we will need the fans with us, because the players need their support. Of course, the fans want to see us go forward and score goals and that's what we're trying to do. At times we came very close, but it wasn't enough today. And we need to do better."

"It's about finding the moment, making the right decisions at the right time to allow us to score goals and win games. And winning games can change the whole mood. But to win that game, you have to give everything you have as individuals and get that result."

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