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José pleased with 'fight' from 'brave' players at end of a tough week

Royals boss praises defensive determination in first half and offensive second half display that won us the match

24 August 2019

A first half of defensive resilience and bravery, a second half of taking our opportunities offensively. Royals boss José Gomes was very pleased with his players after a fine win in scorching hot Huddersfield this afternoon.

"A very good result at the end of a very good week," he began. "Seven points in six days against two teams who were playing Premier League football last season and West Bromwich Albion who came close to playing Premier League football this season.

"And we have done very well against some very strong sides. After a fantastic win, we first have to talk about the defending - very strong and we didn't let the spaces open even when they had more ball possession in the first half.

"We didn't control the first half with the ball but we controlled the spaces abd we gave them no chances to find a way to our goal.

"When we attacked in the first half, we could have been pore patient or at least use the space that Huddersfield was giving to us. Offensively the first half wasn't our strong point.

"But the second half was different, we controlled the game for longer periods and we found the way to their goal to create opportunities.

"I'm happy with my players at the end of a tough week. My players were brave and fought well even through they were tired in high tempeartures here. So they deserved the three points.

"It was a very positive week but it's part of the past now. We must keep our feet on the land. We have 41 games remaining, more games than most leagues in Europe have in total.

"My players are giving me a lot of positive signs. But it's a long season. And we must make sure the players keep the focus."

The small matter of another long away trip to Plymouth on Tuesday night now. But the Royals will go to Home Park full of confidence after a fabulous six days of league football.

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