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"Big mistakes cost us"

Royals boss Paul Clement reflected on a 'missed opportunity' evening at St Andrew's tonight...

23 October 2018

A single goal proved the difference once again as the Royals were edged out at St Andrew's this evening by a Birmingham City side who, unbeaten in ten, preyed on our mistakes to take the points.

“I think some of our football was good and we didn’t play badly on the night," he began. "We just made a couple of bad mistakes which cost us.

"Birmingham play in a certain way that if you make those kind of mistakes, they punish you. They set up very compact and they are a team who play on your mistakes.

"They set their little traps and they’re waiting for you to make an error and then they capitalise on those errors. That’s the story of the night.

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"It's really difficult to win games at this level if you don’t eliminate those errors. And it’s not like they carved us apart and you can hold your hands up and say they scored a really good goal, we gifted them the goals with mistakes.

"We created chances. We had chances at 0-0, at 1-0 down, at 2-0 down, we certainly could have got back into the game. If we'd been more clinical and got a first half lead or an equaliser, it would have been a much easier evening. But in the end, big mistakes have cost us."

As City harness momentum of an unbeaten streak that now stands at ten games in total, the Royals are suffering to put consecutive performances and wins together.

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"And that’s the story of our season at the moment. We do something good like winning at the weekend and then we don’t follow it up.

"We took a step forward and now it's another step back. We’re finding it really difficult to string together performances and results.

"Back to back wins can make such a difference at this level and we’ve not managed to do that.

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"And we're disappointed tonight because I feel it was a missed opportunity. I thought it would be a difficult game because they are very hard to beat. Statstics show us that.

"But as I saw the game developing, how we were playing and how they were playing, I thought we had a good chance of coming away with an away win."

"But we move on and we have another tough game at Swansea on Saturday. If we get a good result we can say we’ve had a good week. So we have to recover, reflect on tonight's mistakes and prepare for another very difficult away game."

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