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Gomes | "An important step in the war we have ahead of us"

Royals boss praises players' intelligence, commitment, attitude and bravery after vital home win!

12 January 2019

The taste of victory is sweet for manager José Gomes. And he was delighted that the players and supporters got a flavour of success this afternoon.

"Today, the players and the supporters got what they deserved," he said.

"They worked very, very hard during the week. These three points are a direct result of the hard work they have been putting in.

"The game was completely under control. They only created a chance in injury time, due to our mistake. But right up until that point we didn't allow Nottingham Forest a chance, any dangerous situation.

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"We were brave, intelligent, we pressed very high, we showed a strong capacity to close the opponent down, we recovered the ball in midfield and they suffered physically because they pressed and pressed to make sure we didn't give them any chance. This is the spirit I want to see.

"We can control the game better with the ball and I think we can improve the possession side of things, but the three points were the most important thing.

"We didn't play as beautifully as I wish for. But the most important thing was the way they fought to get these three points for us. They knew we had to be clinical and they were.

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"The focus now is to win the next match. This game gives us the confidence to look up the table. You must put the focus on the positive things - and the players have done a lot of good things today.

"Now they have tasted the flavour of winning, they have got the taste for scoring goals. And I want to see them want it again in the next match.

"So this win was one very important step in the war we have in front of us. But we have 19 more battles ahead of us and this battle was very important to us."

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