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"It was a very nice football party for the fans"

Royals boss Jose Gomes on our season finale at Madejski Stadium

5 May 2019

It ended with a clean sheet and a point. But our final game of the season more importantly showed glimpses of what some of our players, including five Academy graduates, were capable when the pressure is off.

And, with the Royals safe, this afternoon was all about our supporters celebrating survival.

"Since I arrived, the fans really created a lot of good emotion," Gomes said after completing a Lap of Appreciation with his first team players. "They were very important for the team.

"Today, again, the fans deserved three points. But I think they enjoyed the way that we played – with a lot of young players starting the game. It was a very nice football party.

"I am really grateful to the fans for what they have done during my time here, and especially today.

"For me, when I heard what the fans wanted to do for Portugal Day, it was a big surprise. It’s the kind of beautiful thing that can happen in sport – people can create these kind of relations. 

"Next season will be a different thing – but with this environment, this happiness, this atmosphere in our stadium, we can look at the points that we were able to get in our stadium and it is really amazing considering the situation we were in.

"And the points that we got here were the result of the support we received.

"Now, we begin the important work in getting ready for next season. This is the vital thing."

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