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Baker | "We made mistakes, but we can't dwell"

Midfielder reflects on defeat in Hull

7 April 2019

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Lewis Baker says the Royals cannot dwell on a disappointing afternoon against Hull City, coming away with a 3-1 defeat from the KCOM Stadium on Saturday.

Baker scored a sublime opener for the Royals in the first half, firing into the top corner from 25 yards after the ball broke from a corner.

Hull came back in the second half, though, with a brace from Kamil Grosicki supplemented with a close-range strike from Marc Pugh to give the Tigers the points on the day.

The top-six chasers extended their unbeaten run at home to 11 matches, but Baker says Reading must shift their focus immediately onto the final six matches in the Championship season.

On the match itself, the midfielder said: “Not the best of days. It’s a result we didn’t want, obviously – but we have to just focus on the next game now.

“The games come thick and fast, Norwich is our next destination, so we need to be fully focussed on that game now.

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“We definitely needed the second goal. It was bitter-sweet for me as well, after scoring then losing the game.

“On a personal note, I was happy to score my first goal for Reading but I’m disappointed for the result. But now, we can only focus on Norwich.

“After they scored their first goal, the game got a bit more open and they were coming back with counter-attacks, and they were good at it.

“We made a couple of mistakes, but we can’t dwell too much on it. We’ve got games coming thick and fast, we need everyone to pull together and give 100%.”

“Throughout the rest of these games, I believe we’ve got the players and the squad to stay up in the Championship.

“We’ve all got to recover now, recover in the right way and be ready for Wednesday because it’s a massive game, we’re going to need everyone.”

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