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💬 Bowen | "I know the quality my players have got, but I'm frustrated we didn't show it today"

8 February 2020

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"We were short of our best today. Way short." Reading manager Mark Bowen cut a frustrated figure after a 1-1 draw against Hull City this afternoon.

"That may have been a bit of a hangover after we played two hours in the FA Cup down in Cardiff on Tuesday night, but we looked a little lethargic in our play, a little slow, a bit jaded.

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"But we got ourselves in front in the game and it was a case of seeing it out. Ovie does some magical things in the box, his shot goes just wide and then a long kick down the other end, we miss a header, we don't defend it right even though we had players in the box and we've given away two points.

"I think we switched off for a few moments, we let our concentration slip for a few seconds. But we were well short today.

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"The standards we've set as a group, I know the qualities my players have got and we weren't able to show them today - so I was frustrated from start to finish. 

"We were sloppy in possession and fatigued, not just physically by mentally too. And we're sitting here disappointed.

"We've got a big game now here against the league leaders on Wednesday night and I expect a reaction from the team. We've got to get back to knowing what we do well as a team, being a bit braver in possession. And we've got to physically and mentally recover and in terms of performance I'll be asking them to bounce back against West Brom on Wednesday.

"If you continually draw games, you stand still in the table. And we've drawn too many games of late.

"When I took over as manager this team were in the bottom three and we've done well to get ourselves away from that. Now we're comfortbale but perhaps a little bit too comfortable in mid-table. So we've got to start winning games again."

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