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💭 Yiadom | "We gave our all, but it wasn't to be"

Full-back reflects on difficult evening on injury return

13 February 2020

Andy Yiadom believes it wasn't quite Reading's night against West Bromwich Albion on Wednesday, with the league leaders overturning a deficit to leave Madejski Stadium with three points.

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An early penalty from George Pușcaș put the Royals in front on the night, but the high-flying visitors fought back and Matheus Pereira put the Baggies level midway through the first half.

Kyle Bartley, whose handball led to Reading's spot kick in the first period, looped a header into the far corner from a West Brom set piece to then put the visitors in front on the night.

Yakou Méïté thought he had equalised late on for the Royals with a fine header of his own, only to be ruled out by the offside flag. The visitors extended their lead at the top of the table with the points on the night.

"It was good to get a goal nice and early. Obviously, they did equalise and it was a tough one to take - we gave it our all," Yiadom said pragmatically after the game.

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"They're a good side, they're top of the league, we did give it our all and I did think we deserved something, but it wasn't to be.

"They're a good side, but so are we. We're disappointed, we're at home and we would have liked to have got something from the game.

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"Everyone worked hard and gave it their all, it's just a little bit disappointing that we couldn't get something. It was nice for George to start and put the pen away, hopefully he'll get a little spring in his step."

Yiadom has had a frustrating time on the sidelines over the past couple of months, with an injury keeping him out of action since early December.

After returning to action with the Royals' Under-23s at the weekend, he was put straight back in the thick of the action on Wednesday night, following an injury to Chris Gunter over the weekend.

"It was very good to be back out there," the full-back continued. "I think I was treading water in the last five minutes, but it was good to get 90 minutes in the tank and hopefully there's many more to come.

"I played 70 minutes the other day and wasn't expecting to come in straight away, but there were unforeseen circumstances with Gunts - hopefully he recovers nice and quickly.

"I was straight in and got 90 minutes in the tank, so it'll do me the world of good."


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