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"I'm angry and disappointed because we're better than that"

Royals boss reflects on a disappointing result and performances against the Blues - and vows to put it right on the road this week...

7 December 2019

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Royals boss Mark Bowen labelled this afternoon's performance against Birmingham City as the most disappointing he's experienced since taking charge in October. But he's champing at the bit to put it right on the road.

"I'm angry and disappointed with the players and the performance...because I know we're better than that," he began.

"We're missing two of our quality ball players in the team, in Ovie Ejaria and John Swift, so others have to stand up and be brave on the ball and patient in possession and in the passes they make.

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"We huffed and puffed, but never got any fluidity in our play, never really strung passes together...the effort and desire was there but in terms of the quality on the ball - that was missing.

"We were too reactive as a side, when I want them to be proactive, reading where the ball is going to be played or drop and getting on the front foot. But we weren't today and we didn't deserve anything from the game.

"You can get away with two or three players not being at the top of their game, but today it was more like seven, eight, nine, ten players. Maybe some of them thought we could just turn up at home and it would happen today. But you've got to make it happen. And today it didn't.

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"Today there were too many poor passes, too many times we lost possession - and that all snowballs into a poor performance."

The Royals now have an opportunity to make amends as early as Wednesday night when Bowen and his squad travel to Oakwell to take on Barnsley.

"I won't rest easy tonight. And I'll be counting down the days until Wednesday and our chance to put it right.

"We travel up on Tuesday and then we will stay in the midlands ahead of a trip to Stoke next weekend. But first, I expect a reaction from the players on Wednesday."

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