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Moore | "Close to a perfect away performance"

Royals' skipper reflects on hard-earned points at Deepdale

30 December 2019

Liam Moore spoke of his pride after he and the Royals scored twice and earned all three points at Preston North End on Sunday.

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Only one team had gone to Deepdale this season and won before the Royals' victory on Sunday, which elevates Mark Bowen's side to 14th in the table and closer to the clutch of teams above them.

John Swift and Lucas João struck in quick succession early in the first half to give the Royals a cushion in the game, before Moore and the rest of the defence put up a staunch defence of the Reading goal to see out a fourth consecutive clean sheet, and third straight win in the league.

"It was close to a perfect away performance. We stuck to the gameplan, we hit them on the break and in the second half, when they had their spells, we defended as a unit.

"I'm really proud of the boys, it's a fantastic result."

Moore is normally one of the first players to put his body on the line in the name of keeping a clean sheet, and he was caught with several hits to the face as Reading defended their two-goal lead in the second half.

"Some of the lads think I'm strange, but getting a ball in the face is like a goal for me," he smiled.

"If it means stopping their goal - brilliant, I'm all for it. I'm really happy with the clean sheet, I think it's 400 minutes now without a goal conceded.

"You've got to give credit to the whole team, but the boys around me, Rafa, Gunts - who hadn't played a lot of football, so credit to him. 

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Lucas João wheels away after scoring Reading's second goal on Sunday.

"Me and Morro have got a good relationship going now, and Tyler - Tyler's been brilliant. He's had to wait for his chance, but as a back five, you'll take that result all day.

"The manager's onto us all the time, to never switch off, especially when Ovie's got the ball.

"Sometimes, we've been guilty of being a bit starstruck if you like, when he's got the ball and doing his crazy stuff. We need to focus, we need to get people around us sorted.

"Credit to Pelé as well because he's really coming on in that role, and he reads the game.

"It was all about coming to do a job today, we've won the last couple of games and it's now again about building.

"Have you got the character to do that? We did today, and the same question will be asked of us in the next game, let's hope we can build on it again."


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