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Blackett | "We kept going until the end"

Defender pleased with fighting spirit despite shootout defeat

26 September 2019

Tyler Blackett urged the Royals to take the positives out of their Carabao Cup tie against Wolves on Wednesday night, after exiting the competition on penalties.

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A long-range effort from Bruno Jordao had given Wolves the lead in the first half, but a tenacious Royals side fought deep into stoppage time to force an equaliser.

John Swift's skilful cross was nodded in off the underside of the bar by Lucas Boyé in the 99th minute of the game, to score his first goal for the club. 

Wolves overcame the Royals from the spot, though, but Blackett was keen to emphasise the positivity of Reading's performance on the night.

The defender started for the first time this season after missing the majority of the campaign through injury, building on a substitute appearance against Blackburn at the weekend.

Speaking after the match, Blackett said: “Obviously, we’re disappointed. We kept going until the end, we got the goal we needed but to lose on penalties is always difficult.

“You can take good penalties, but if the ‘keeper makes a great save then there’s not a lot else you can do.

“Sometimes it just doesn’t go your way, but it’s one of those things in football – there are ups and downs, but we’ve got to take it and just keep going now.

“It’s something we’ve now got to work on and keep going with, it’s unfortunate about the result but there are positives we can take out from it.

“We fought to the end – that’s the spirit we need in every single game now.

“We pushed to the end and to actually get the goal at the end is something we’re all happy about, I’m still thinking about the penalties at the end, but it was a nice feeling.

“I’m sure we’ll have many more moments where we can celebrate with the fans this season.”


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