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PC: "We keep shooting ourselves in the foot"

Frustrated Royals boss reflects on Owls defeat and looks to put things right during the international break...

1 September 2018

"I’m very frustrated – we all are," Royals boss Paul Clement began his post-match assessmenty of this afternoon's defeat.

"Myself, the coaching staff, the players. Not only today, but at the start we’ve had in general in the league.

"Sometimes we are our own worst enemy with our choices and the situations we get into in going behind in games.

"The second half is a classic example. We’ve just come out after half-time, where we’ve had an opportunity to collect some thoughts and get some tactical information into the players – and ten seconds from the kick-off, they’ve scored.

"It's a nightmare start to the second half. There's no excuse for it. The players have had 15 minutes rest and recover, some tactical points are put across, they've had a chance to get hydrated - the player need to be coming out much faster than that. And we keep shooting ourselves in the foot.

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"We're climbing a mountain again. We rallied a little bit – but it’s difficult when you go 2-0 down against a team who are putting in a real away-from-home performance. Men behind the ball, lots of delays on the restarts to take the rhythm out of the game…they got the win and we’re left very frustrated."

Two weeks until we next take to the field, Clement is clear in his and his players' aims for the international break.

"We’ve got to knuckle down, dig deep during this time. There have been a lot of losses for this club over the last season and we’ve got to find a way of shifting that balance from narrow defeats to even draws, and then narrow victories.

"It has not been a good start and we can only blame ourselves.  We’ve got to be better, I’ve got to do a better job.

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"And the players need to look at themselves and ask themselves if they are doing the best they can do every day in training, the way they are preparing themselves, taking on board the information.

"We've got to do some serious reflection, soul searching and get back on the training field.

"We’ve had six games, there are 40 to go. A massive amount of football to play. So we’ll have train hard over the next two weeks.

"And we have to pull together and find solutions to the situation.”

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