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Blackett | "A clean sheet is always good"

Defender looks back at hard-earned point at Stoke

17 March 2019

Tyler Blackett said the Royals' goalless draw away at Stoke City was a finely balanced affair, that Reading could be disappointed to not win at the end.

The Potters twice hit the woodwork in the first half, with wet and windy conditions at the bet365 Stadium playing their part on a tricky afternoon.

A Lewis Baker ball into the box was narrowly missed by Mo Barrow in the second half, before Garath McCleary found space with two minutes remaining and struck narrowly wide of the post, in the closest Reading came to winning the game.

"It was difficult," Blackett said. "They got a few chances in the first half, hit the post a couple of times, but we weathered the storm and we pulled through.

"I thought we could have nicked it, but obviously it wasn't to be in the end - but a clean sheet is always good.

"We just tried to do what we could, but it wasn't to be on the day I guess.

"The games are probably not as much about the football now as it is about the fight, so we've got to have that side to us.

"We're showing that we're trying to do that in each and every game now, and hopefully the results will take care of themselves.

"Now we'll be training hard in the international break, keeping our focus on getting ready for the next group of games.

"We'll get the rest that we need, but we'll be ready to go again.

"A weekend off won't totally take your mind off it, but it's just giving us a rest which we need, time to refocus and be ready for the next group of games.

"It'll be about recovering and focussing on each of the next games as they come, we'll be getting that rest which is the most important thing, but we'll be ready."

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