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Moore | "As a defender, you'll take a clean sheet all day"

Skipper reflects on a hard-earned point at Stoke on Saturday

15 December 2019

Liam Moore praised Reading's response to a disappointing draw at Barnsley on Wednesday night, after keeping a clean sheet and earning a point with a 0-0 draw at Stoke City on Saturday afternoon.

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Both sides threatened going forward, but neither team was able to break through on a scrappy afternoon at the bet365 Stadium.

However, it's another point on the board for the Royals and they will now have a week to prepare for the start of the festive period in earnest.

“The clean sheet was really big - I had a couple of dodgy nights’ sleep after Wednesday. It was tough to take – we were poor, I was poor," Moore reflected after the match.

“I’m a defender – I wanted to defend. We went to a back four, which I relished, and the clean sheet was good.

“Obviously, we wanted to win the game but, as a defender, you’ll take a clean sheet all day.

“It was terrible on Wednesday. We were really bad; we weren’t happy at all – which didn’t reflect what we had been doing in training and how we had been working.

“The manager’s fantastic, Eddie Niedzwiecki is as well and John O’Shea. We work hard in training, we set up right and, when you turn in a performance like that on Wednesday, we were disappointed.

“We stayed down after the Barnsley game, we’ve been at St. George’s Park for a couple of days and had time to chat amongst ourselves, sort things out – and the reaction was good.

“We wanted to win the game but, a clean sheet away at Stoke, you’ll take that.

“There weren’t too many clear-cut chances. In the first half, we had a lot of possession – we got it into midfield well, which we wanted to do.

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“I felt we could have sped up in those areas and got in behind them, but I can’t remember Rafa making any big saves.

“They had a couple of chances where they didn’t hit the target, but overall, it was probably a fair result.

“It’ll be nice to get home today and see the family, we’ve been away for a few days, and then we’ll get back to it next week.

“Credit to the management staff, we always prepare very well so training will be very good next week. It’s a pleasure to come in and work with the boys, then a big game next weekend.”

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