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"We could not celebrate after the win over Wigan, we cannot cry after tonight's defeat"

José Gomes reflects on a 3-0 defeat to high-flying Leeds

12 March 2019

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Marcelo Bielsa's side climbed back to the top of the table this evening with a performance and some spectacular goals that earned them victory at Madejski Stadium. But the Royals boss wasn't disappointed in his players' performance against very good opposition.

"It was a good game and we started by playing very well – good football, good actions and motions near their goal.

"We missed one opportunity and, in their second attack, they scored. At that moment, I don’t think we deserved to concede a goal – but that’s football.

"We played against one of the strongest offensive dynamics in this league. Very good movements, good intensity, very fast movements between all the players.

"They have quality - you can't hide it - and they can create opportunities from nothing. That’s why they are in the position that they are.

"After four shots on goal, they had scored three goals. Even if they are under pressure, without any space at all, one small touch - half a step - and the ball was in the back of the net. They quality they have is difficult to stop.

"When you are in a good moment, good things happen. And they are in a good moment right now.

"We are not happy, because you cannot feel happy when you lose 3-0. But we had a lot of very positive things that we must hold onto for the future.

"The players showed more confidence to play football and move the ball and we had more Academy players involved tonight too.

"Ryan East started and Michael Olise came on from the bench – and they played well. They didn't show any fear, so that’s another positive thing.

"They have been working very well with us. And we used them because they are part of the club family and they are working very well. So we need to use the Academy players if they deserve to play.

"We didn’t have time to celebrate after beating Wigan and we don’t have time to cry now we have lost to Leeds.

"Now we just need to prepare, recover, and think about the next game against Stoke City. We need points to move away from this position as soon as possible. We must fight for three points again on Saturday."

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