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“It’s a good team performance” – Leandro Bacuna

Match-winning Bacuna looks back on a hard-fought victory against Bristol City…

4 November 2018

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It was non-stop drama, but a spirited performance from the Royals against Bristol City ensured that all three points remained in Reading this afternoon.

The Madejski men took the lead twice in the first half, courtesy of a strike from Meite and a scorcher from Liam Kelly – but both times Bristol had an instant reply.

In the second half, things were much more reserved, but a great team move after the hour mark was capped off by Bacuna to seal a much-needed victory in RG2.

“Having seen how the game went, we scored an early goal and they came back in the game,” explained Bacuna.

“We kept fighting, got to 2-1 and then they quickly got back to 2-2, but we kept believing that we could win the game.

“I had a great chance before we scored for 3-2, but then we had good play from Mo [Barrow] and then we could win 3-2.

“I think the back-line and the midfield stood strong today, they kept getting balls in our box, but we defended very well, the ‘keeper made some good saves as well. Overall, it’s a good team performance.”

The Royals had a full week of preparation out on the training pitch with no mid-week fixture and Bacuna believes that this allowed the team to regroup and refocus.

And keen already to look ahead to next week’s fixture against Ipswich, Bacuna hopes that this will be the case once again.

Bacuna added: “This week it was good for us to get back together, refocus, get behind the manager and get everything going in our belief.

“We kept believing that we can do it, that’s the most important thing.

A thought was also sparred for the vocal Royals support this afternoon.

The midfielder spoke of their importance in today’s fixture and believes that they will be crucial next weekend as Reading target to enter the international break with another home victory behind them.

“The crowd play a big part in every game, today they were right behind us and it was like having a twelfth man, it gave us a boost,” Bacuna said.

“If they keep believing in us no matter what the situation is, no matter how we’re playing, if they keep believing then that’s a boost. We need to get our home form going, if the fans get behind us then we can get some really important points at home.

“It should be like that, if you’re playing at home then you get a home feeling when you play, then if you can get that we’ll be very dangerous.”

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