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"We showed big character" - Bacuna

Bacuna on battling second half performance

11 March 2018

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Leandro Bacuna says the Royals gave everything to get all three points against Leeds United, but won't be disheartened after settling for a 2-2 draw on Saturday afternoon.

Having taken a shot that was deflected in to equalise on Saturday afternoon, Bacuna says the Royals wanted to push on for the win but it wasn't to be on the day.


"Score our chances and we would've won the game"

10 March 2018

The Royals moved a point further clear of the bottom three with the result against Leeds, and Bacuna is hoping to help the side edge up the table in the upcoming games.

On the performance, he said: "I thought we played really well, we had the crowd going as well. We made a quick early goal that gave us a bit of a boost.

"Just before half-time we were a bit unlucky with the ball over the top and they made it 1-1. After that, we kept fighting but they made it 2-1 and in the end we made it 2-2.

"The manager told us we've got to get clear as quickly as possible, Leeds haven't been doing well for the past couple of games so we knew we could take a bit of advantage from that.

"We tried our best, we tried to play our gameplan and we changed it a bit to go a bit more direct, then after going direct we went to try and play our football.

"I think that worked in the first half, in the second half we tried the same thing but it resulted in a draw."

Bacuna was happy with the fight the squad showed when they fell behind to try and level proceedings at Madejski Stadium on Saturday, having levelled through his deflected shot.

He added: "In other games where we've been behind heads would drop a bit, but we showed really big character and we kept going. We made it 2-2 and we tried to get the 3-2 but unfortunately we couldn't do it.

"The most important thing is that we've got to stick together, we've got to make sure that we don't go down and that we get the points in quickly to stay away from the relegation teams.

"If we keep doing what we're doing at the moment, I'm not afraid."

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