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👑 Rinomhota | "We never let our heads drop"

Midfielder reflects on gutsy performance to get through in FA Cup

5 February 2020

Andy Rinomhota spoke of Reading's character and desire to get back into proceedings on Tuesday night, after coming from behind to beat Cardiff City on penalties in the Fourth Round of the Emirates FA Cup.

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Having fallen 2-0 behind to the Bluebirds, a powerful header from Omar Richards was shortly followed by a well-taken volley from Rinomhota to put the Royals level and send the tie to extra time on the night.

The home side put their noses in front again in extra time, though, before Yakou Méïté struck with four minutes of the added period remaining to take the tie to penalties.

Sam Walker saved the Bluebirds' first effort before Will Vaulks rattled the woodwork in the shootout, and four well-taken penalties saw Reading through to the last 16 of the Emirates FA Cup - setting up a home tie against Sheffield United.

“It was nice to be back involved tonight after not being around it for a few games," Rinomhota said after the game. "It was great team spirit shown to carry on going to the very end.

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“Being 2-0 down in normal time then being a goal down again in extra time, and we came back again. It was brilliant character from the boys and spirit to come back into it.

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“In the past few games we’ve gone one down and come back to get something out of the game, so even at 2-0 down we knew we still had a chance to win it.

“We never let it get to us, we never let our heads drop and it’s shown today – we’ve gone on and got the win.

“Maybe you could say there were some unlikely scorers tonight in that sense, but we all just want to play our part. I’ve just come on and tried to make an impact in the game.

“Big Sam has done well with the penalties, he got unlucky with one of them as well. Then on our takers, they were good penalties from them – never in doubt!

"When Sheffield United come to us, we're not going to take our approach in any different way, we'll still be trying to implement our style on the game, hoping to get through to the next round and see who we can draw from there."


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