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🗨️ "I'm disappointed and frustrated, but not with our team"

Royals boss reflects on a result that could easily have gone Reading's way in a one-sided second half at Hillsborough

2 December 2020

"This was a game we could, should and would on another night have won," a frustrated Royals boss said after a 1-1 draw at Hillsborough this evening.

"We're disappointed and frustrated. As this was a good opportunity for us to get all three points. 

"But the team played until the end, tried very, very hard, we were smart with the ball, we defended well. Overall it was a very, very good performance, but not good enough to win the game.

"We've got to learn from this. We are never going to complain about penalty appeals or officiating - we're going to look at what we control and what we can improve on.

"We had some very good spells, good combinations in the second half. We created opportunities and there were at least two or three big chances.

"I wish we had created a few more, especially when we started to make changes, we didn't have the same clarity on how to get into the final third and how to finish.

"But I am proud of our team and their winning spirit. Tonight, I think we took good care of the ball, had good possesion and created good opportunities. But we are disappointed because we wanted to get the three points out of the game."

"To be honest I didn't want to look back at the penalty decisions," he admitted. "I didn't want them to affect my opinions on the game right now speaking to the media.

"We can not hold any negativity. Instead we have to embrace the new momentum we are creating with the team. A win today woud have helped volumes, but instead it is a small point and a step towards where we want to go.

"We will use the anger and disappointment to bounce back and channel it into much needed energy for when we play next in front of our fans...finally.

"And we want to be in the best possible shape for our fans on Saturday."

"We are building a strong identity and a winning mentality - something we need to have throughout the whole season.

"We are brave, we are courageous and we're going to get ready for Saturday."

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