“It has been a little while coming, and I know the red card helped us a bit,” reflected Tyler Blackett as the Royals ran out 3-0 winners against Derby County on Saturday. The Royals had a man advantage from early on after Scott Malone’s dismissal in the fourth minute.
“We want to get back to winning ways and today was a start.
“We said in the dressing room that when you come up against 10 men it can be even more difficult, because they want to defend what they’ve got, and put everyone behind the ball. But we thought that we’ve just got to go for it and make sure we win the game.
“That’s the goal for the club; we want to get as high as we possibly can. We know we’ve got the quality too, but it’s getting that onto the pitch, and we did that today.
“It’s important to keep faith and keep playing to what you’re good at. It’s the belief as well, having that belief and the chances will happen.”
It also represented back-to-back clean sheets for the defence – a record that the left-back is proud of.
“We’ve been working on how we defend all week,” he reflected. “We want to get clean sheets and perform the best we can. It’s something that we’re proud of.
“It’s what we do in training, which we’re now trying to bring onto the pitch. The sooner we can do that, the better for us.”
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