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👍 "After the emotion and frustration settles down, you realise we did all the right things"

Josh Laurent reflects on the disappointment of not earning the win we strived for but balances it with the performance we put in at Hillsborough...

3 December 2020

Clutching his Man of the Match award, Josh Laurent had mixed emotions at the end of a game in which he and his teammates did all they could to break down a stubborn 10-man Sheffield Wednesday side, but couldn't find a winner.

"It’s a bit of a weird one," the midfielder began. "For the first five or ten minutes after the game, everyone is a bit emotional and frustrated. But when you have time to relax and look at the game, you feel like you’ve done most things right.

"We just needed help from the officials to give us those calls so that you can get the three points.

"The first one on Omar, we felt was a stone-waller – but you get on with the game. Then a second one happens and you do the same. But when a third and fourth come, you’re thinking, ‘it’s gone too far now’."

The Royals fell behind to a Callum Paterson header but Lucas Joao headed home his 13th goal of the season to draw level before half-time. Then the second half was attack versus defence.

"They scored with their first attack of the game. But we bounced back well – we relaxed and we kept going. We had a few chances cleared off the line and their goalkeeper pulled off some good saves.

"Then we got our goal, and you’re thinking there’s only one team looking to win it.

"We stayed solid in the second half and didn’t give much away. And we did the right things, applied the right pressure.

"When you apply that kind of pressure and intent they will make mistakes… and give away fouls in the area! But that’s when you hope the officials help you out.

"But it’s happened now and we will move on to Saturday.

"We’re moving forward; the manager spoke about our new momentum and that was a reason why we wanted to win the game and go home in front of our fans with seven points from the last three.

"But we’re still three unbeaten and the goal is still the same this weekend."

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