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Moore | "We have to stand up and be counted"

Skipper calls on squad to respond after disappointing Fulham defeat

2 October 2019

"You can't look anywhere but in the mirror, that's the most important thing. That's what I've spoken about in the dressing room, everyone needs to look in the mirror. I need to do more, the players around me need to do more and believe that it will click.

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"We must keep the spirit, character and togetherness and move forward"

1 October 2019

"There's no arrogance in the side. The lads know that we can be a good team, but there's a long way between being good individual players and being a good team - and we need to find that."

Strong words from the Reading captain, Liam Moore after a disappointing 4-1 defeat at home to Fulham that saw the Royals play the majority of the match with 10 men.

Tom Cairney had struck early to put the visitors ahead, before two yellow cards in quick succession left Reading at a numerical disadvantage with 70 minutes left on the clock.

The lead became unassailable before the half-hour mark after Aleksandar Mitrovic struck twice in three minutes, before Cairney added a fourth midway through the second half.

The Royals had shown spirit in their display in the second 45 at Madejski Stadium, with Yakou Méïté striking a consolation from 25 yards late on in RG2, but it wasn't enough to rectify what was a difficult night, as the skipper explained.

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"A really tough night. Fulham are a good team - it's difficult with 11 men, let alone 10. For a large period of the game, we were chasing shadows. They like to keep possession, that's how they play, we found it really difficult to get the ball back. They were ruthless and punished us.

"They had a good start to the game as it was, before the red card. They went 1-0 up and when you go down to 10, it is really difficult. They had a load more possession, it was hard to press them and they got themselves into some good positions.

"You have to keep going in the game and can't let it get embarrassing. There was a mistake for the fourth goal, I've held my hands up for that, but apart from that, I thought the lads did better in the second half and stopped the score going up and up, so that's one tiny bit of a positive we can take from it.

"It's going to be really important to respond quickly on Saturday. With every game you lose, you want to bounce back. 

"We've been on a little bit of a bad run, let's hope we can turn this around quickly."


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