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"We can't start games like we did"

Andries Ulderink reflects on a poor first half performance that cost us at Carrow Road

17 March 2018

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A very disappointing defensive display in the first half cost the Royals any reward from an encounter at Norwich City this afternoon - despite a much improved second half display and goals from two Academy graduates.

"We started the game really poorly," Assistant Manager Andries Ulderink said. "We played a very bad first half and we are really disappointed with that. And again we conceded two goals form corners, which is really disappointing.

"If you see how we played in the second half, we played much better. Not perfect by any means, but much improved - more possession, more aggressive, we took more initiative, defended a little bit better...although we still gave away a couple of big chances. 

"We created some chances as well, scored a good goal to get back into it and in that second half we thought we could get a point.

"But the start was really poor and we have to change that, otherwise it will be very hard to get results in the run-in.

"If you can show what you show in the second half, why can't we do it in ther first half as well? Maybe it's a mental thing caused by the pressure.

"We're in a 100% relegation scrap. We know the situation is not good. We know where we are and how we've performed so far this season it's not going to be an easy job to stay away from the relegation zone. 

"We're at the end of a heavy programme with a lot of games. So I'm happy we've got two weeks with no games to get a couple of players back from injury, which will help take a little bit of pressure off some of the players. And we can go from there.

"We're not celebrating at the moment for sure, and we haven't been celebrating for a long time. Everyone is concerned - it's not like we can simply say we need to do this and then everything will be solved. So we know it's going to be a tough last eight games and we have to fight.

"It's a difficult job at the moment, that's for sure. But we are still confident as a group that we can turn it around."

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