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💬 Morrison | "We kept going to the very end, but we let ourselves down with our first half performance"

Royals centre-half reflects on the first half mistakes that created a second half mountain too high to climb at Brentford...

21 December 2020

At the end of our first ever visit to the Brentford Community Stadium, the Royals dressing room was a frustrated and disappointed place to be - but it was full of players who knew they had given it everything to try to turn around a bad first half display with a spirited second half performance.

"We let ourselves down in the first half – the performance wasn’t good enough," Royals defender Michael Morrison said after the 3-1 defeat.

"We tried to correct it in the second half. And we played much better. We showed a lot more commitment, got on the second ball a lot more – and we got one goal.

"Unfortunately we couldn't get the second to push them all the way. So we were left frustrated really, especially with the first half.

"From our point of view with all three goals we feel there were things we could have done to avoid them, or things that slightly went against us. And they punished us for it.

"When you come to places like this you have to be on your game, 100% at your level or you’ll get found out. And they’ve scored three early goals and wrapped up the game."

At the weekend, Veljko Paunovic had to pick a squad without the likes of Lucas Joao, Yakou Meite, George Puscas, John Swift, Omar Richards, Andy Yiadom, Lewis Gibson and Felipe Araruna - all injury absentees which have undeniably forced the Royals boss into changes in personnel and shape.

"The last six weeks have been strange. A lot of squads have felt the impact of injuries. But we have felt a lot of injuries in the same position.

"We’ve got George Puscas, Yakou and Lucas all out for example. Lewis has come in to cover for Omar and has now picked up an injury. So we’ve had consecutive injuries affecting the the same position which has been difficult to find solutions for.

"Against Brentford, we tried something a little bit different in the first half, but it didn’t quite work. We quickly changed it and made progress when we did.

"And we talk about going to the end and showing that desire and commitment to the very final whistle - the lads did that on Saturday.  At the end, Brentford knew they’d been in a game!

"But we don’t want to be in that position in the first place, having to chase a game from early on."

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