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Gomes | "A result our fans didn't deserve"

Royals boss reflects on a disappointing opening day defeat at home to the Owls

3 August 2019

Royals boss José Gomes refused to dwell on a goalline handball from Sheffield Wednesday skipper Tom Lees, preferring instead to focus on how the Owls capitalised on our mistakes to earn opening day victory.

"It was quite a balanced game – not many chances for either team in the first half," he began his assessment. "We were better in some moments, but they didn’t create chances to score and we looked in control.

"If we look at the whole game, we can say that we were better in some points. And you could say that we didn’t deserve this result because they did not dominate us. But football is like this.

"Some of their goals were about using the mistakes that we made, the gifts that we gave them. And they took advantage and scored when they got the opportunity. They took their chances and they won.

"That's what happens against good teams - and every team in the Championship is a good team. We cannot make mistakes against good teams. We have to keep our focus on our defensive tasks and use our offensive situations properly.

"We have to learn from the mistakes that we made. We want to give good things to our fans, not like what they saw today.

"Our fans have been fantastic, with us from start to finish. Today they deserved a different result.

"But we are counting on their support again. We know that we can count on them to make us better and stronger in the coming games.

"Now it’s recover and prepare for the next game. That’s our life – there are ups and downs. So it’s about keeping the hope and with the way we have been working.

"My players never give up and train hard. If we keep training like this, we will achieve our goals at the end of the season."

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