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"We deserved more, but small mistakes cost us again"

Royals boss reflects on a 1-0 defeat at Ashton Gate...

5 October 2019

A momentary defensive lapse in the first half handed Bristol City a lead they never relinquished - despite a spirited second half display that certainly warranted an equaliser.

"I think we deserved more," Gomes agreed. "We created a lot of chances, but this kind of speech is like a normal speech for what my team is doing this season.

"Ups and downs within the same game. We did really well in the second half, but we conceded a goal in the first half from a header when we started with three centre backs.

"We studied this team and knew they like to cross the ball and to find Diedhiou. So we used three central defenders, all very strong with the head. So if you asked be before the game if I expected to concede a goal from a cross, I would have said no.

"Small mistakes are giving the advantage to the opponent. 

"And then with the situations we create, we should be clinical and kill the game. Yakou alone with the goalkeeper, Puscas had a good chance - we had a lot of goal situations which we need to score from if we want to move away from the position we're in.

"Anyone who watches football would agree that watching that game, a 1-0 defeat wasn't a fair result. But talking about fair in football is complicated because they scored a goal and we didn't.

"And that is football. In the end what counts, is the number of goals you score. And if you don't score, you can't win.

"The positive thing is the energy my players showed. All game, especially in the second half.

"The energy I have felt from my players and they have felt from me, the passion and love we are working with at Reading since I arrived, that is what we can use to turn this situation around."

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