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Gomes | ‘The result is fair’

Manager reflects on stalemate in Sheffield

9 February 2019

Neither team could quite break the deadlock at Hillsborough – both sides toiled and created chances, but it was defences that came out on top.

While the goals tally never got ticking, it was a fixture where the momentum certainly shifted. The Owls had the better of the first period, and the Royals much of the second. A game with positive aspects for Reading boss José Gomes.

“It was a very difficult pitch – windy weather, the ball bounced a lot, so not easy to get the ball on the ground and play,” said José.

“I didn’t always like the way we played today. We played more direct football than usual, which is not under our process. It was not easy conditions, but I think our players could have played our way more.

“But in the second half we played better. Both sides had good chances. It’s true that Emi Martínez made one good save again, but there were one or two good opportunities for us in the second half.

“I’m not pleased for the result, because we played for the three points. But we hope that this is one more important point towards our target.

“But they played better in the first half, and we played better in the second. So in the end, a fair result.”

It was the Royals’ fourth clean-sheet under Gomes’ tutelage; a good return in the defensive department, but the boss wants to marry that with more firepower at the other end.

“We have resolved one important problem,” he continued. “We are stronger now in our defensive organisation; it is not easy to score goals against us.

“It will give confidence to us in the future and it is an important sign that we are defending well and defending properly.

“We were able to protect our goal. If you don’t score, you don’t suffer as much and you’re nearer to getting a win – one goal will do.

“We know that we need to win though. If we draw all of our games until the end, it may not be enough. We need more points to be safe. At home or away, we need to get more points. Hopefully this will come on Wednesday – we’ll score more, and win.”

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