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"It's a step in the right direction"

Matt Miazga looks back at clean sheet against Villa

3 February 2019

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Matt Miazga says he hopes to use a clean sheet against Aston Villa as a catalyst for better times for the Royals.

An enthralling end-to-end match somehow ended goalless at Madejski Stadium on Saturday afternoon, in a game full of tough tackling and chances for both teams.

Reflecting on a hard-fought point after the match, Miazga said: "The important thing was getting a clean sheet, I thought it was two points lost. In the first half we played really well, created a lot of chances and their 'keeper made some big saves.

"But I think it's a step in the right direction, we can build on it and learn from it, continue to work hard in training, move forward and prepare for the next game.

"My first job is to keep a clean sheet and we're happy about that, but we want to score goals as well as a team and create more chances; I thought we did that.

"Unfortunately it didn't sway our way in this game, but it's positive work that we can continue to build on. We're looking ahead to the next couple of days of training to continue to improve."

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Miazga, alongside Liam Moore in the heart of the Reading defence, had the task of marking Championship top scorer, Tammy Abraham, for 90 minutes - and the Royals managed to keep the fellow Chelsea loanee at bay at Madejski Stadium.

"I know Tammy from Chelsea, we trained a lot together and actually played a few games together, I know him well so I know how dangerous he can be in the box," Miazga continued.

"I just tried to make sure he was as far away from the box as possible as well! It was a good battle, I look forward to continuing trying to help the team as best I can.

"It was a very intense game back and forth, two fit teams going at it. There was a good intensity to the game - our fans were brilliant.

"Our supporters created a great atmosphere, hopefully we can continue to build on this and move forward."

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