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José rues not converting chances into vital second goal

"We had to try to score a second. It’s one more lesson to take with us into the future."

23 February 2019

"Against teams that play like Rotherham, even if you are a goal ahead, you cannot be satisfied," Royals boss José Gomes said after the 1-1 home draw with the Millers this afternoon.

"From corners, free-kicks, throw-ins – they can create something. So we have to try to score a second. It’s one more lesson to take with us into the future.

"We played for the three points today. But in some moments of the game, we tried just to protect against our opponents’ strengths.

"We knew that it was important for us to get the three points against a direct opponent. In the end, results like this against the teams around us can decide things.

"And we created more than enough goal situations to win this game. But we didn’t win it.

"In fact, we had a chance on the counter attack just before they scored, Nelson slipped, possession turned over and they got the goal which gave them the draw.

"But we are still alive, we have a point more and we must prepare properly for the next match and try to win it.

"The players reacted well after the previous result. And they showed enough quality to win the game. But we are prepared for it to be a fight until the end.

"I am sure other teams could get involved in the fight in the coming weeks.

"Now, our focus turns to Ipswich next weekend. We were closer to winning the game than Rotherham were today, but we have to win those games.

"We were very near to getting all three points but we have to put the ball in the back of the net. In the situations that we create, we must score. We have to find the solutions to win the next game."


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