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Clement | We can make away win a 'momentum changer'

Royals boss looks ahead to translating weekend win into an upturn in home form...

17 September 2018

Our first league win of the season came at Deepdale at the weekend. Now we want to translate some impressive performances and results on the road into points in front of our home fans!

"We’ve got two home games and it would be nice to now back it up with good performances and more results at home this week," Royals boss Paul Clement said.

"We’re coming back home now, but we can’t relax. We have struggled at home recently and if you can come away in this league and play to the level we have – on Saturday we scored three goals away from home and won - you certainly should be able to do it at home.

"But it's not a matter of home comforts this week. You’ve got to do the work, you’ve got to do the details right, you have got to graft!

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"The spirit of that group on Saturday I was pleased with; they have responded to a lot of adversity since the start of the season and hopefully the win at Preston can be a momentum-changer for us."

"The target for every game is to try and win. That’s not happened very much of late, but it did on Saturday. On Wednesday, when Norwich come to Madejski Stadium, the target will be to win again."

Goals from Sam Baldock, Tiago Ilori and Leandro Bacuna secured a valuable win on our travels at the weekend - only our second win at Deepdale since 2005! But all attentions turn to replicating that winning feeling at Madejski Stadium as we host two league fixtures in the coming week.

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"I think you saw some good stuff from us at Deepdale – some nice details that were executed well. And those details make the difference sometimes - we got over the line at the weekend.

"Those supporters who were in Preston on Saturday supported the team brilliantly. A lot will have been back at home, delighted to see we picked up an away result. 

"Now we’ve got to keep it going. Every day we’re working on improving; there are 100 things in Saturday’s game we need to do better on, just like there were 100 things we did really well.

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"That’s all part of training a professional football team – there are always going to be things you’ve got to improve on. And that’s what we do day-to-day.

"I’ve got confidence in these players...we’ve been close in a lot of games this season.

"The game comes quickly but we always do our proper analysis of the next opponent, scout them, watch the games, video analysis - so we’ll be ready for them.

"We expect a difficult game against Norwich. But they should expect a difficult game as well."




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