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Gomes | "A fantastic game with fantastic support from our fans"

Royals boss on a point that all but ensures our second tier status for another season

22 April 2019

Maths suggest we still need a point to be sure of Championship status next season. However, a point against promotion-chasing West Bromwich Albion went a long way towards securing safety.

"Mathematically we are not there yet - we need to work for another week. But it was a fantastic game, with fantastic support again from our fans.

"There was big noise; they supported our players from the beginning until the end. It was a very good atmosphere and this is important for us – to feel this from our fans in our stadium.

"If you watched this game, it is difficult to see which is the team that is fighting for promotion and which is the team that is fighting to stay in the Championship. We did very well and created a lot of chances.

"In the second half, they had some shots from outside the area – two times they hit the post. But my players did well and continued to create chances through Garath McCleary, Ovie Ejaria, Mo Barrow and Danny Loader. It was a very positive game.

"We played against West Brom, who have the second-best attack in the league after Norwich. But still the feeling is that we could have got the three points to resolve the situation in this game.

"But anyway, regarding all the work that we have been doing, we can say congratulations to the Reading family because we are building a very strong atmosphere in the stadium."

Best laid plans had to change three times due to injury with Nelson Oliveira, Yakou Meite and Tyler Blackett all forced off with problems. But the eleven men asked to do the job, stuck to their task admirably to shut out a free-scoring Baggies side.

"I lost three players to injury, so I couldn’t manage the game using the substitutes – but the players who came on all did very well. They created, fought, made some serious goal situations. It shows that we can trust them.

"It is a pity that maybe we can’t count on Nélson Oliveira and Yakou Méïté for these last two games – I am waiting for the report from the medical department. But the important thing is that the players who played all did very well.

"Managers always want more and more. I would have really liked to dominate the game with the ball, and create goal situations this way. But my players have been brave and I think today they deserved to win this game.

"Now we need to go to Middlesbrough and do our job as well as we can. And if it’s possible, bring back the three points."


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