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"We had the momentum and made a big mistake"

Royals boss Paul Clement reflects on a frustrating evening at the Madejski

19 September 2018

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A disappointing first half display coupled with a second half goal conceded at just the wrong time left Royals boss Paul Clement frustrated this evening.

"It’s a very disappointing result, especially on the back of our away win against Preston at the weekend.

"We have to back that Deepdale result up with another win and another good performance, but over the ninety minutes we weren’t good enough.

"In the first half, we were poor. We were second best in a lot of situations and didn’t approach the game in the right attitude and spirit.

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"At the start of the second half and in the build-up to our goal, we played well and with a lot of energy and commitment – and we deserved to get back into the game.

"But the timing of their second goal is awful. They have the ball and we need to be solid and compact in that moment. We had the momentum, so to let them back in at that point is a big mistake by us.

"And you can’t make those kind of mistakes. We’d got back into the game and the crowd were behind us and we had the momentum. 

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"But we gave them an opportunity to get back into the game. We've got to be tighter in those situations...when they got the ball, we should have been compact, solid. 

"We're going to get the ball back and there is a long time to go in the game and we're on top. But instead we were so open in that situation. We shot ourselves in the foot."

Hull are the visitors on Saturday and Clement is pleased that an opportunity to put tonight right arrives so soon.

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"We've got to get out there again...quick.

"We've got to roll our sleeves up and get on with it. We've got to be tough and the players have got to go out on the pitch more determined and a little bit angry in how we approach the game to try and get a result.

"You have got to pick up wins at home because its so hard away. We've had a good win and a couple of draws on the road, so that's not too bad. But four games and we've lost them all at home. We've got to put it right and we've got to put it right on Saturday."

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