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Bowen | "I sense a real resilience in these players"

Royals boss praises players’ fight to earn away point

22 October 2019

A point very well deserved this evening and Royals boss Mark Bowen was rightly pleased with his players' spirit to twice come from behind to earn a draw at QPR.

"I'm pleased with a point tonight, especially the way it was earned - twice going behind and yet my players showed tremendous resilience to come back twice," Bowen said.

"And after we got the second equaliser, we were the team in the ascendancy at the end of the game.

"I was really pleased with our first half performance. QPR changed their shape at half-time because we were causing them so many problems in the first half.

"QPR have been flying high, scoring goals and have been a real threat to all the teams they've played in this league so far this season. And for us to come here, to come from behind twice and then look like the team who was going to win it at the end, full credit to these players.

"I sense a resilience in this group of players. They are a group who are desperate to do well for this club and these fans.

"They want to work hard, they want to improve, they want to be successful for this football club. And if you've got those ingredients, then as a coach you're lucky. And I consider myself very lucky."

Four points taken from teams who were positioned in 3rd and 5th in the Championship table respectively. Now we travel to Nottingham Forest, looking to cap what has been a good week so far.

"We've got a difficult game again on Saturday. But in the last two games, against Preston and QPR, we played teams who are first and third in terms of goals scored. And we've come out of those two games with four points and we've looked solid.

"I have tweaked the way we are playing, trying to be a little bit more direct and playing a little bit more on the front foot - I want to play games where it's a battle for the opposition.

"I hate that label - 'if you play Reading it's going to be a nice game of football.' Well excuse my language but sod that. I want it to be nasty for them. 

"If we get that right, the quality we've got in the team will take over, we'll be a better side and we'll get more points off the back of it."

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