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Jaakkola | "We can turn it around and get the results we need"

Royals goalkeeper confident in squad

11 January 2019

Anssi Jaakkola described how tough the training schedule for the Royals has been this week, with José Gomes able to coach the squad for a week-long match build-up for the first time.

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The Royals' boss has been getting his side ready for a now-managerless Nottingham Forest side, with Aitor Karanka's departure from The City Ground confirmed on Friday morning.

Jaakkola has been enjoying a run as first-choice goalkeeper in recent months, having played in all-but-one of the Royals' matches since mid-October.

On his recent match action, the Finland international stopper said: "I've been getting some game time, which is good but obviously results haven't been what we've wanted or been hoping for.

"From now on I'm sure, with the new manager we can turn it around and get the results we badly need.

"It's been tough this week - we've trained a lot, the sessions have been long and we're really focussed on getting things right.

"We've had a tough week with Jorge Baptista [Goalkeeping Coach], we've done loads of technical work and some fitness work with him.

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"He's also trying to bring ideas to us of what the manager wants, we've been working hard on these things."

Despite performances having improved for the Royals, in particular against Queens Park Rangers and Manchester United in recent weeks, Jaakkola insists it's only results that matter from now until the end of the season.

"It's a results business, it doesn't matter if you play well and lose," he continued. "I'd rather play badly and get the three points, but the manager has an idea and a style in how he wants to play, so we've worked hard to get it right and I'm sure we can turn it into a result.

"It'll be another tough game, like any other game in the Championship. We just need to stick to our own gameplan and hopefully we can get the three points at home.

"I'm sure they're coming here to get the three points as well, so we need to be on our best form to make sure the points stay in Reading."


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