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Gomes: "We come away in good spirits and on the right track"

Royals boss reflects on a battling performance that deservedly earns the Royals a point against free-scoring Villa

2 February 2019

Only West Bromwich Albion and Norwich had scored more goals that Aston Villa before this afternoon's set of fixtures, but the Royals restricted their visitors to very few chances and kept a clean sheet to deservedly earn a point at home this afternoon.

"It was a very tough game, like we expected, against statistically the third-best attack in the league," manager José Gomes began.

"They are very dangerous in their attack they have scored a lot of goals this season, they have a very good striker and wingers who come inside and shoot from all over the place.

"And we stopped them – our players did what they needed to do to stop them making those attacks.

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"In the first half, we played better – I can say that because we played within our process, our style.

"In the second half the game became more of a typical Championship game – more direct football, trying to win second-balls. In this type of football, sometimes the opponent can be stronger than us.

"But, today, we showed that we are able to fight in that way. We know we have to play against teams who play all different types of football in this division.

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"So we must be pleased for the way that the players fought and for the spirit that they showed on the pitch.

"We felt during the game that the fans were behind us. It was quite an emotional game. We come away with just one point, but we come away in good spirits and on the right track, ready to fight in the battles that we have in front of us.

"The team showed they have spirit. To keep a clean sheet against this strong attack in Aston Villa, they had to fight and run and show that they have defensive spirit in the moment that they lose the ball.

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"Today they showed that. So we have untouchable hope for the future.

"Now we will recover and prepare for the next game, against a different type of opponent. We don’t have easy games in the Championship so we must be prepared for everything.

"It doesn’t matter the name or the level of the opponent; we must create, play offensive football, and win by scoring and scoring...until the end of the season."

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