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Morrison | "When you play well away from home, you want the three points"

Defender frustrated after narrow Boro defeat

15 September 2019

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Michael Morrison says that their hosts could count themselves lucky to take all three points against the Royals on Saturday afternoon.

Reading's 1-0 defeat away at Middlesbrough came after a whipped Marvin Johnson free-kick found its way through a crowded area to give Boro the lead in the second half.

The Royals had plenty of chances at the other end, though, registering eight more shots and five more efforts on target than Jonathan Woodgate's side at the weekend, but a succession of excellent saves from Republic of Ireland international, Darren Randolph kept Reading at bay late on.

"It's disappointing. When you play so well away from home, you want to get the three points," the Reading centre-back said after the game.

"It was a soft goal for us to concede, but then they defended their goal well and their goalkeeper was probably man of the match for them - he made some really good saves, one terrific one off Lucas João.

"We had a lot of good moments, even before their goal, to score and I think that's the frustrating part; we had good chances and we've not come away with a goal."

The Boro goal was one that left goalkeeper, Rafael unsighted as a whipped free-kick from a wide angle from Marvin Johnson crept under the Reading stopper, with plenty of players trying to apply a touch in between.

"To be fair to Raf, the guy's ran right across his line of vision," Morrison explained. "We're disappointed, we gave the ball away a little bit softly up front and I've given the free-kick away - it was an avoidable goal from our part.

"There were a few little mistakes that have led to the goal, three or four of them probably.

"It was a disappointing goal to concede because I thought we had dealt with them pretty well with their pace, I thought we had looked quite solid at the back.

"When you play so well, you want to get rewarded for it. Unfortunately, we haven't today and the lads have got to stick to what we've been doing, because it's the right way.

"We are playing well, and it's just frustrating that we haven't got the goals and the points to show for it. 

"Yes, you want to score goals but that'll come. Sometimes it just goes that way in terms of creating chances, there were some good chances in the game for us to take the lead.

"I thought we looked solid as a unit, it's a disappointing goal to concede from our part but I thought, in general play, we looked very solid.

"I think they were very fortunate to take three points, definitely."

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