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"Team spirit, attitude, effort and commitment"

Royals boss Paul Clement was pleased to see the players do the 'hard fought stuff' in beating a physical Lions side today...

20 October 2018

After the blood and thunder of a clash against a Millwall side, who threw everything at the Royals back line, boss Paul Clement was pleased with the battling spirit that saw us over the line this afternoon.

"It’s a big result for us," he began. "Our form at home has been really poor, and after the last run of games - where we picked up a bit but still ended up not feeling great going into the international break - we really needed to start off with a home win.

"And we really had to battle and fight for it.

"Leading into the game, we spoke about how we'd have to battle for a win. We knew that if we didn’t fight, we would be playing to Millwall’s strengths. They are so good at direct football – long throws, set plays, back to front. They do it well and it has brought them success in the past.

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"So, first and foremost, we had to compete. We had to be compact, solid and aggressive.

"We rode our luck a bit at times but overall we deserved the result for the way we stood up to that. And we got forward and created some good chances… and scored three goals.

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"Overall the team spirit, attitude, effort and commitment was the shining light from today’s performance.

"The players needed to stand up and be counted and they were in what was a hard fought victory.

"Today, the players did all the 'hard fought' stuff that you need to do, especially against a team like Millwall. And it's really pleasing to see that and win at home."

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