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"Small details costing us in a league of fine margins"

Royals boss Mark Bowen reflects on a defeat to league leading Leeds that is tough to take...

26 November 2019

The Royals had restricted their high-flying in-form opponents to very little in front of goal and, whilst conceding possession to a talented Leeds side, Mark Bowen's men were seemingly on their way to a deserved point this evening. But a late, late header on the break spoilt the Royals' evening.

"I feel hard done by, because we had a game-plan and we worked very, very hard," Bowen began.

"I’ve said to the lads 'it’s the small details'. This league is unforgiving.

"You’ve seen a team in Leeds who are top of the league. And today was there that much between the teams?

"Tonight we played a more counter-attacking game and restricted them to very few chances, which is a credit to us. I’ve seen some of their games where they have created chance after chance. I don’t think Rafael really had any shots to save.

"But at the same time, if we play a counter-attacking game, you have to break well, with pace and quality. Too many times when we broke, it was the final pass or someone’s first touch which was letting us down. That has to be better and we will work on it.

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"Looking throughout the game and there is loads of effort and endeavour from my team, which is what I’m asking of them.

"If we approach every game like that – and I’ve said it before – we will win more games than we lose.

"But at times we have to have a bit more quality, especially in their final third. It is those fine margins – the selection of what to do, at the right times.

"I’m looking at the clock at 85 minutes and it’s our free-kick. Three passes later, it is in the back of our net.

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"And it is in games like tonight, it is those small details in terms of what we do at certain times and the organisation on the pitch which is costing us.

"Did we deserve to get beaten tonight? I don’t think so. But we have – so we will dust ourselves down and make sure we get three points at Wigan on Saturday.

"I will pat my team on the back for certain bits of today’s game, but at the same time we are in a brutal game. It is winner-takes-all. So we have to be more professional and we have to turn our performances into results."

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