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"Every little thing we asked them to do as individuals, they did"

Royals boss reflects on a comfortable win over Luton Town...

9 November 2019

Three home wins in three and ten points from a possible twelve. Mark Bowen remains unbeaten as Royals boss and goes into the international break with a comprehensive 3-0 win to his team's name.

"There are two sides to this game. When you've got the ball and when you haven't got the ball," Bowen began his post-match reflection.

"And we always felt that if we got the other side of the game right, if we were on the front foot when they've got the ball, then our quality would shine through when we'd get into attacking positions. And that's what happened today.

"We were on the front foot from the first whistle, played the percentages, won second balls and made it very difficult for them to play. And then when Swifty or Ovie or the strikers got on the ball we created chances.

"To a man, I thought my players did a fabulous job.

"When a new manager comes in, especially a manager like me with all the enthusiasm I have, sometimes you can give them too much information. You wonder if they're going to take it all on board.

"But today, we saw that every little thing we've asked them to do as individuals, they did.

"And as well as me talking too much to them, I am conscious of keeping my mouth shut sometimes and I had an ear open to the conversations between the players in the dressing room. And in and amongst themselves, they are saying the right things.

"I said last weekend that the pressure we came under against Millwall would stand us in good stead and I was proven right today. Luton had 15 minutes of pressure in the second half but our shape was right defensively and Rafael had hardly anything to do. And then Garath McCleary scores a third to put the reult out of sight.

"Now we'll regroup, have a good rest - because we need it, both mentally and physically.

"The players will spend some time with their families, switch off. Because every day we have been asking them to give their all. But then when they are back on Wednesday, we're at it again.

"We haven't done anything yet. We've had a good start, but that's all it is. Taking a look at that table - it doesn't fill me with pride yet. We want to keep climbing. And if we get things right, we can give anyone in this league a game."

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