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“My players were brave; they deserved at least this point”

José on score draw in Bristol

19 April 2019

Reading came away from their Good Friday encounter at Bristol City a point better off; Yakou Méïté grabbed his fifth goal in as many games, but Josh Brownhill levelled for the Robins.

It spoke volumes of the Royals’ performance that manager José Gomes wasn’t satisfied with just a single point away at a promotion-hunting side.

“We had tasted the flavour of getting three points – and it was possible that we could get them; we made one mistake, and they scored an equaliser,” said the Reading boss.

“What I can say is that my players did well – fought a lot, closed the route to our goal.

“We defended with the same formation that we played against Norwich, but a bit higher up the pitch. My players were brave and deserved at least the point that they got.

“This is the Championship. In the Championship, everything can happen – just because we are playing away against a team that are at the top end of the table, we don’t think that it is impossible to win.

“Similarly, if we play at home against a team near the bottom, we cannot guarantee that we have three points in our pocket. In each game, we have to fight, prepare to win, do our job, and then we see what happens.”

Méïté’s goal was a joy to behold; a free-kick combo which paid dividends. Lewis Baker wrong-footed the home defence with a short free-kick to Ovie Ejaria, who in turn played a well-weighted ball around the corner for Andy Rinomhota, and the midfielder found the Ivorian in the middle to convert.

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Satisfying to see a clever routine bearing fruit.

“We prepared this free-kick combination, and the players got the result of their work,” he continued. “They were able to feel the success of their work, which they deserved.

“We used Andy’s speed playing wide, and Ovie played a very good pass. Sometimes in this kind of combination, a small mistake can destroy the combination.

“Ovie’s pass was great. Great movement and use of space from Andy, and good movement from Yakou as well in the moment to score. A very good moment for the team.”

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