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Gomes | “A deserved result – for the club, players, and fans”

Manager on a late draw against Swansea

28 September 2019

The Royals left it late, but they salvaged a well-deserved point from their trip to the Liberty Stadium.

Borja’s third-minute header could have been the decider, if not for Andy Yiadom’s stunning late strike in the final minute which gave Reading a 1-1 draw and a share of the spoils in South Wales.

And manager José Gomes agreed that it was the least that his team merited after such a strong showing against a team which could have gone top of the table.

“This result was more than deserved – for the club, for the players, for the technical staff, and also for our fans who supported us from the first whistle until the end; they were fantastic again,” Gomes said.

“They deserved at least one point. But, to be fair, I thought we could have got three points from this game.

“The first half was a bit strange. We came to the game with a plan, and we blocked their midfielders, their main source. But they scored in the third minute from wide, from a cross. Usually they are very, very dangerous through the middle – we managed to block this, and we did well with that.

“It was a quite balanced first half. In the second half, it was a completely different game. We were much better in my opinion. We controlled the game. They created one dangerous situation in a counter-attack, but we controlled the game and had Swansea defending in their box.

“For the number of actions we made, for the number of passes we made, for the amount of time that we spent in their half, we must improve the number of shots. We need to shoot more. If we can find a way to their goal, the chances to score will be higher.

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“We made some mistakes where we lost the ball near their box, where we could have used the ball better. But I am happy with what my players did and the spirit that they showed.

“There’s ten points between us and Swansea. But if you came to the stadium and saw the game, you wouldn’t be able to say which was the team with 18 points and which has eight.

“The way that we have been working and the way that our players show this quality football, we will get the results. It is a question of time.

“I hope that we can keep this spirit – but of course, we want to score earlier in the game. It’s better for our heart! We expect to score after creating so many chances. We must turn these chances into goals.”


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